About Us

Our story : Five Gen

Five Gen is the new creative endeavor of the Birdsall Family, we are the fifth generation in the Leather business in the Southern Sydney suburb of Taren Point, and wanted to create a range of Leather goods showcasing our experience of over 135 years in the leather trade, and quality Australian design and manufacturing.

Creating truly beautiful and useful items to last a lifetime - from our family to yours

After settling in Sydney in the late 1800s The Birdsall family commenced tanning sheepskins in 1883 at the North Botany Tannery (now known as Mascot). The large tannery prospered over five generations - and 105 years - supplying quality leather skins to a national and international market.

In 1988, the Mascot tannery closed and David Birdsall then opened a smaller tannery in Chegwyn Street, Botany. In March 2020 we moved to our new site in 6 Bay road Taren Point. Now into its fifth generation, David's son Andrew and wife Shane and sixth generation Jake & son-in-law Jacob, embrace the business and continue the family tradition producing high quality leathers, a broad product range, and servicing a local and international market.