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In 1933, the Australian General Disinfectant Company was founded; this marked the beginning of Whiteley Corporation. The AGDC supplied hygiene products and processes for the entertainment industry and public amenities. The company progressively developed a complete range of deodorants, disinfectants, insecticides, pest control chemicals and cleaning products, becoming the first Australian company to specialise in what are known today as Sanitation Chemicals.

During the years of the Second World War, the product range of the Australian General Disinfectant Company was extended to include personal hygiene products including antiseptics for the war efforts.