About Us

Beautiful, Affordable & Hardwearing Furniture For Your Home

In an Early Settler store, you'll find an inspiring range of classic colonial, rustic country, French provincial and contemporary furniture - all at surprisingly affordable prices. Select from our wide range of dining, lounge, bedroom, home office, outdoor and garden furniture, through to occasional pieces such as coffee tables, side tables, entertainment units and more.

The designs reflect Early Settler’s core principles of high quality and exceptional value; from contemporary and curvaceous sofas, to angular outdoor settings, vintage inspired pieces, and French provincial furnishings.

When you choose an Early Settler piece you get beautiful, classic and hardwearing furniture that never goes out of style. Our furniture is easy to clean and maintain, built with today's family lifestyles in mind.

From upholstery and soft furnishings, through to rugged country style dining tables, we have an extensive range to suit your taste and budget. This includes a wide array of complementary homewares and interior design accessories, to help you express your unique style of living, whether creating a whole new look or freshening up your existing interior.

Made from a wide variety of Australian, New Zealand and imported timbers, including hardwearing oak, storytelling distressed pine and renewable plantation-grown timber, you get the most extensive range of finishes and stain colours to enhance any decor or colour scheme.

Complementing these key pieces in the home is Recollections, offering an extensive range of home renovation and building products in traditional period styles – everything you need to renovate at an affordable price. Every detail reflects your lifestyle; from elegant freestanding baths and vanities to grand mantels, ornate lighting and renovation hardware.

Bathroom renovation is one of our specialities – we stock traditional timber vanities, freestanding claw foot bathtubs, toilets and more. Also browse through our wide range of period-style lighting – including romantic crystal chandeliers and old-style electrical switches – and all-encompassing range of hardware to finish your home in style. And let's not forget the garden – classic outdoor lighting and timeless cast iron furniture create an old-world ambience in your own backyard.

Much of our wide range has been developed for us exclusively and can only be found in our stores. High quality and value is assured – our constant review of manufacturing techniques brings hi–tech finishing to age-old designs, ensuring lasting good looks for many years to come. The extensive range offers statement pieces in addition to classic fittings and finishing touches, to complete any renovation at an affordable price.

Company Profile

Early Settler’s first store was established in 1985 in Victoria, trading in country-style furniture. Over the last twenty years Early Settler has grown to 41 stores operating throughout Australia and New Zealand. During this time, Early Settler has expanded its range to include classic colonial, European and contemporary styles.

Recollections was established in Melbourne in 1987 with the aim of offering affordable home products to the period home renovator and professional builder. Recollections specialises in domestic lighting, bathroom, architectural hardware, and associated renovation and building products in period styles. The range includes bathroom features such as freestanding clawfoot bathtubs; classic lighting for indoors and out; reproduction hardware including electrical switches; fireplaces and fire accessories; outdoor and garden furniture; decorative homewares and accessories in traditional styles.

In 2005, the Early Settler brand merged with Recollections, to become part of ESR Group (NZ) Limite. A company specialising in home furnishings, renovation and building products of traditional, period and country design.

We specialise in high quality timber and soft furnishings with matching homewares. Instore you’ll find everything from dining room and lounge room furniture, bedroom and home office, outdoors and garden, through to occasional furniture such as coffee tables, side tables, entertainment units, couches and much more. The marriage of traditional furnishings with traditional home products and fixtures gives you a one-stop shop reminiscent of the first ‘department stores’ of yesteryear.

Our furniture is made from a wide variety of quality new and recycled Australian, New Zealand and imported timbers such as eucalypt hardwoods, oak and renewable resource hardwoods. Available in a wide variety of finishes and stain colours, our extensive range ensures that you get a multitude of choices to enhance any décor or colour scheme.

Our dedicated team sources our product range locally and globally to bring you the highest value and quality renovation and building products. Much of our wide range has been developed exclusively and can only be found in our stores. Constant review of manufacturing techniques brings space age finishing to age-old product designs to ensure lasting quality for many years of hard use.

As direct importers, we save you money and ensure highest quality.

Importing direct means we can closely monitor our manufacturers to ensure they adhere to the highest standards. By cutting out the middle man, we ensure you get the highest-quality, largest, most extensive range for the lowest possible price.

Mission Statement

“ESR Group is a retail group committed to supplying stylish products for the furniture, decorator, renovation and building market. Through the supply and distribution of these products, ESR aims to create lasting style and value to families throughout Australia and New Zealand. ESR Group strives to be the leader in its field through its aim of supplying high quality, value and stylish products through exceptional customer service to the proud decorators, owners and builders of homes throughout Australia and New Zealand.”