JR Group / James Richardson


2.7.1918 – 17.8.2011

David Mandie AM, OBE arrived in Australia with his family in 1921 and spent his formative years in Richmond. Forced to leave school at 13 during the Great Depression he worked in the family barber and tobacconist shop, Mandie Stores. In 1953 he purchased a wholesale liquor business from the estate of hotelier James Richardson (est. 1892) and merged the two businesses, opening the way to become Melbourne’s leading tobacco, wine and spirit distributor.

In 1956 (whilst travelling in Czechoslovakia) he decided to branch out into furniture importation. The deal was sealed “on a handshake” and more than 50 years later the James Richardson Group still deals with that same Czech company. This furniture business continues to thrive today as James Richardson/Furniture, providing consultation, management, supply and delivery on a wide range of furniture projects for clients across a number of industry sectors including Accommodation, Aged Care, Hospitality Furniture, Education and Work Place.

In 1972 he saw the potential of duty free retailing and launched James Richardson in that market. He soon became known as the “Pioneer of Duty Free” in Australia and built the company into an industry leader. JR/Duty Free now operates in Australia, New Zealand, Israel and Tahiti. JR/Watch Co. followed and operates at Brisbane International Airport.

When Brisbane and Christchurch were hit so terribly by flood and earthquake, our businesses suffered severe damage. For Mr Mandie it was never about the losses JR had incurred, but always about the staff, their safety and well-being.

David Mandie was not only a high achiever in business, but was also a keen and successful sportsman, playing district cricket for the Prahran Cricket Club. After his playing days he retained a lifelong interest in the club as their Trustee and Patron-in-Chief.

His passion for the Richmond Football Club was legendary. He saw his first game at age 5 and “lost his heart” - the beginning of a lifetime of support for The Tigers, where he held the position of No. 1 Ticket Holder and Premier Patron for many, many years up until his passing. His passion and commitment to the Club, and to life in general was apparent, when at the age of 90 he purchased a Richmond Football Club 100 Year Membership.

The name David Mandie has always been synonymous with philanthropy with particular focus on Health, Arts, Education and Sport. He was proud and humbled when his service to the community was acknowledged with an MBE in 1965, an OBE in 1980 and then an AM Order of Australia in 2003.

He gave his time as a committee member, trustee, patron and supporter of far too many organisations to mention.

He was a man of passion, drive and commitment; a man of presence, integrity and loyalty.

We at JR are privileged to have been guided and mentored by this truly remarkable and dignified man, who lived an extraordinary life and gave so much to others.

James Richardson Furniture is a boutique commercial furniture solutions provider. Anchored by heritage and propelled by a dynamic vision for the future, we are committed to forging brand and industry partnerships through integrity, collaboration and discourse. Our passionate team delivers genuine design-led solutions with a sector-based focus, and our close partnerships with industry leaders means we naturally understand their needs, challenges and opportunities.

At James Richardson our business philosophy is to provide our customers with great service and quality product. A fundamental part of this philosophy is the support and commitment of our team members.

James Richardson is committed to a fair approach to the recruitment, assessment and selection process, ensuring consistency with equal opportunity principles.

We have exciting career opportunities that arise and are always on the lookout for people with a positive attitude and proactive nature. We invite you to express your interest in pursuing a career path within the James Richardson Group. Please review our current vacancies online at dux.worldmanager.com/careers to apply. When forwarding your application, please attach a cover letter outlining the area in which you would like to work. Should we not have a related position available, we will retain your details in our “Talent Pool” for future contact when a suitable role arises.


  • Chair: Evelyn Danos
  • Director/CEO: Milton Lasnitzki

Head Office:

  • 35-45 Lithgow Street,
  • Abbotsford 3067 VIC Australia
  • T: +61 3 9428 1621
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Web: www.jamesrichardson.com.au


  • Chair: Garry Stock


  • CEO: Amnon Tagori
  • Ben Gurion Airport P.O.B. 90   70100 Israel
  • T: +972 3 971 2482
  • Web: www.dutyfree.co.il
  • Email: [email protected]


  • Creative & Brand Director: Georgia Danos
  • Head of Commercial: Dyson Bennett
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: www.jrf.com.au
  • Phone: 1300 573 876



  • 35-45 Lithgow Street,
  • Abbotsford 3067 VIC Australia
  • T: 1300 573 876


  • 10/198-222 Young Street, Waterloo 2017 NSW
  • T: 1300 573 876


  • 105 Robertson Street Fortitude Valley 4006 QLD
  • T: 1300 573 876

JR/Duty Free offers world-class duty free and retail shopping, located in airports across Australia, New Zealand, Israel and Tahiti and in the city centre of the main capitals of Australia.

Experience the convenience of finding everything you’re looking for within one store; from luxury brands and designer fashion to an extensive range of beauty, fragrance, electronics, liquor products and wine.

Shopping within the modern and stylish surroundings of a JR/Duty Free store is a complete experience. Our friendly staff will provide expert advice and personal attention to assist with your selection.

You will find JR/Duty Free stores at these locations:


  • Brisbane International Airport
  • Darwin International Airport
  • 185 Swanston Street, Melbourne
  • Canberra International Airport

New Zealand

  • Auckland International Airport (online only)
  • Christchurch International Airport (online only)
  • Wellington International Airport


  • Ben Gurion International Airport
  • Jordan Valley Border Crossing
  • Tabor (Sinai, Egypt) Border Crossing
  • Ashdod Port Terminal
  • Haifa Port Terminal

James Richardson was the pioneer of Duty Free retailing in Australia. Led by the late David Mandie AM, OBE, James Richardson opened its first Duty Free store at Brisbane Airport in 1972 and over the next 23 years it operated at every major airport (Sydney, Cairns, Brisbane, Perth, and Melbourne) in Australia. In addition it operated up to 25 city stores. James Richardson sold its Australian Duty Free division in 1995 to the Duty Free division of Nuance, a subsidiary of Swissair.

Since 1988, James Richardson has operated the principal Duty Free license consisting of liquor, tobacco, fragrance, skincare and confectionery at Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv. As demonstration of its successful performance, it retained the concession for the second time in 2004 to operate for a further 7 years. In 2011 this concession was extended for another 4 years. James Richardson also holds the concession for confectionery, sports, footwear and clothing at Ben Gurion Airport, as well as men's fashion (Boss, Lacoste, Armani). James Richardson also operates Duty Free stores at the border crossings to Jordan and Egypt (recently renewed till 2021), at Ashdod and Haifa ports, on cruise ships and also on passenger airlines.

In December 2005 James Richardson returned to Duty Free retailing in Australia with the opening of 3 Duty Free stores within the CBD of each at Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. The store designs are world class, the environment outstanding and results to date are impressive. A further store opened in Brisbane CBD in early 2008. These stores offer a wide range of designer brands and products which are available either duty free or tax free (dependent on the product category) and in many case these products are available to non-travelling customers just by paying the GST.

In 2006 James Richardson successfully bid for the Duty Free Concession at Darwin International Airport and February 2007 marked the commencement of this operation.

July 2009 saw JR/ Duty Free's operations expand across the Tasman and into Auckland, New Zealand. More JR/Duty Free stores followed in quick succession - Wellington International Airport in July 2009 and Christchurch International Airport in July 2010.

Back in Australia in March 2012 JR/Duty Free commenced trading at Cairns International Airport and in Perth International Airport on 1 November 2013. The most recent addition to the JR/Duty Free portfolio is Brisbane International Airport commencing trade on September 2014.

As a natural extension to the success of JR/Duty Free, the luxury watch division, JR/Watch Co. was conceived, offering some of the world's most prestigious watch brands. JR/Watch Co. boasts two luxury boutiques situated at Brisbane International Airport and Perth International Airport. In 2014, JR/Watch Co. luxury boutiques extended the portfolio and opened in both Perth and Brisbane International Airports. You will find the JR/Watch Co. luxury boutique situated at Brisbane International Airport.