1855 - 1878

Where the story of Martin & Pleasance Began

Where the story of Martin & Pleasance began – founded by Homeopath Mr Kinder in 1855 when he opened his homeopathic pharmacy at 85 Collins Street, Melbourne. Their portfolio consisted Schussler Tissue Salts & Herbal Creams.

M Edward Gould bought the homeopathic pharmacy from Mr Kinder in 1860, renaming the business to ‘Gould & Son’.
Mr R J Martin forms a partnership with ‘Gould & Son’, and soon becomes the sole proprietor of the business when Edward Gould returns to England, retaining the newly established name of ‘Gould & Martin’.

Medically training Charles Pleasance joined forces with Mr Martin in 1878, at which time they renamed the pharmacy Martin & Pleasance. Mr Pleasance was of English heritage and would go on to be the first elected Lord Mayor of Melbourne. Mr Pleasance would go on to be the sole owner of the business in 1886.

1930 - 1998

Started distributing Original Bach Flower Remedies, joining Martin & Pleasance original brands Schuessler Tissue Salts & Herbal Creams.  The owners of Martin & Pleasance dealt directly with Dr Bach himself.

Martin & Pleasance was acquired by the Holyman family, who still to this day retain ownership of this iconic business.

Martin & Pleasance started distributing their products into New Zealand.

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Harmony, Ki & Zen joined the Martin & Pleasance family of brands with the purchase of Zen Therapeutics, an Australia, based developer and manufacturer of multi herb traditional Chinese medicine products.



Next to join the Martin & Pleasance family was perhaps their most iconic brand Vital, with 2 products under the brand, Vital Greens now Vital All-In-One and Vital Plant Protein.

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Martin & Pleasance formed a joint venture with Pauling Labs in Canada to launch Ener-C and develop the Ener-Life range.

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