Our mission is to contribute to the viability of the Australian Alpaca Industry by adding value to alpaca fleece produced by small breeders.
After only a few years of breeding alpacas on our farm Tanya and Jim decided to establish a specialty mill to add value to their fleeces and to offer this service to a local client base. After two years in the planning, intensive training and months of skills development, Boston Fine Fibres opened to the public early in 2016.
At Boston Fine Fibres, we process every fleece with the greatest care to produce top quality products.
While neither Jim nor Tanya have a background in the textile industry, they each bring skills that contribute to the quality and management of the mill. Jim originally trained as an electronics technician in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and served in the RAAF for 20 years, retiring as an Engineering Officer. Jim's second career was as a Project and Quality Manager in Defence Industry. In recognition of Jim's achievements in project management, he was awarded Project Manager of the Year by the Australian Institute of Project Management in 2006. After 20 years in Defence Industry, Jim works full time on our farm and in the mill.
Tanya worked for 20 years as as a medical scientist in pathology and medical research in Darwin, Melbourne and Canberra. Notably she worked in pathology laboratories in Darwin and Melbourne before taking on research roles in Canberra at the John Curtin Institute of Medical Research and the Australian Institute of Sport. She spent the final 15 years of her professional career serving in the Commonwealth Department of Health. Tanya's love of animals and desire to promote the alpaca industry to a broader audience extends to local high schools where she hosts on-site tuition to students of science and agriculture.
Jim and Tanya both bring their management, laboratory and quality standards to the mill to provide quality products while always looking to improve and innovate.