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Cheetham Salt History Timeline

Cheetham Salt Limited is Australia’s largest producer and refiner of solar salt and a wholly owned subsidiary of CK Life Sciences International., (Holdings) Inc. Founded by Richard Cheetham in 1888, Cheetham Salt is proud of the contribution it has made to Australian manufacturing and industry.

Richard Cheetham

Richard Cheetham established the first successful salt works for Australia in Geelong, Victoria in 1888. The salt field started to produce within a few years and the company established markets to sell its products. Early methods of recovering salt were uneconomical for large-scale production, so processes were changed. Since then, Cheetham Salt has developed a high level of technology to produce clean, high-quality, solar-evaporated salt.

A black and white image of Richard Cheetham, the founder of Cheetham Salt.

Cheetham Salt Key Milestones Timeline


Cheetham Salt Limited is founded by Richard Cheetham in Geelong Victoria.


The company begins operations under the name of Richard Cheetham & Company.


The company changes its name to Cheetham Salt Proprietary Limited.


Ridley Corporation Ltd acquires Cheetham Salt Limited. Committed to growth and expansion Cheetham Salt acquires 50% share of Dominion Salt in New Zealand and establishes offices in Indonesia and Japan as part of international growth strategy.


Ridley Corporation Ltd sells Cheetham Salt to CK Life Sciences Int’l., (Holdings) Inc.


Cheetham Salt acquires the remaining 50% of Dominion Salt New Zealand.


Cheetham Salt Limited (Australia) is part of the Salt Group. The group also includes Dominion Salt Limited (NZ), and Cheetham Garam Indonesia.