Where it all began

The Thorley family were responsible for the development of the ‘Rid’ brand since its inception in 1945.

The company was incorporated by Mr Hector Douglas Thorley, producing broad spectrum high-quality family and home protection products. “Thorley” was originally named Thorleys Pest RID Company. They performed Pest & Weed control Services in Northern NSW immediately following the 2nd World War.

It was always the aim of the founder, Mr HD Thorley, to manufacture pesticide & other products as soon as chemicals were available after the war. In the interim he joined the National Pest Control Association of America, the NSW Government Pest Association together with the QLD Pest Control Association, to gain important knowledge for this Industry. At one of several meetings of the QLD Pest Control Association, he noted that a government authority named Dr Brindlecomb lectured on various matters including insect repellents that lasted for several hours under the tropical warfare conditions, in which DEET was the active ingredient.

It was used by American Armed Forces to repel mosquitoes for many hours at a time in substitution for the commonly used Dimyth Phalate which only lasts for approximately one hour or less. It was noted that DEET was extremely effective as an insect repellent in controlled amounts. Doug Thorley was determined to market to the domestic consumer after the war and as soon as containers and packaging were available.

In the meantime, he began to experiment and formulate the active ingredients. It was a combination of hours of field research and development, plus testing in Queensland’s tropical wetlands that contributed to Mr HD Douglas Thorley successfully introducing the now famous Medicated First-Aid RID Insect Repellents onto the Australian market in 1956.

RID was Australias’ first and only DEET-based personal insect repellent and is the only exclusive skin-friendly multi-purpose insect repellent. Thorleys geared to manufacture insect repellents- in acceptable unisex perfume DEET-based cream which they named RID.

In 1956 it was marketed in 1 1/4 oz glass bottles. From inception, RID ‘s reputation as a very effective Personal Insect Repellent for public use was self-evident. It is highly effective in tropical environments where mosquito-borne diseases (Malaria, Dengue, West Nile Fever, Ross River virus) are a serious health concern.

RID may be best classified as a medicated insect repellent as claims such as “medicated” and “first aid” and “antiseptic” appear on its packaging. In order to obtain registration of therapeutic goods in Australia, stringent criteria must be met prior to gaining registration.

RID is endorsed by both APVMA (Australian Pesticide Veterinary Medicinal Association) and TGA (Therapeutic Goods Association). It is the only brand to receive medical endorsements from hospitals, medicinal and overseas travel organisations. RID’s approved by all State Health Departments, Medical Boards and Travel Authorities.

RID® is now under a wholly owned Australian entity, RID Australia who purchased the iconic RID® brand from Thorley Laboratories in May 2013. Our values at RID Australia reflect the same true sense of that passion, perseverance and determination to continue the success of RID.

Today RID Australia headquarters is in Townsville, the unofficial capital of North Queensland. It’s from here that we co-ordinate the manufacturer and distribution of the RID® brand of consumer products for personal and home use.

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