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Vic Tonkin - Founder

For over 60 years, the Tonkin Steel team has succeeded in understanding the needs of the industry and provided steel for projects of all sizes.

The Tonkin family have been involved in the scrap metal and steel business in North Queensland for over 60 years. Tonkin Steel, then trading as ‘Tonkin Metal Industries‘, was founded by Vic and Rita Tonkin in the 1950’s and was one of Cairns’ largest scrap metal recycling and battery retail businesses.

Wayne Tonkin, Vic and Rita’s son, began managing Tonkin Steel in 1980 and renamed the business Tonkin Steel. Under Wayne’s management Tonkin Steel shifted focus to selling new Australian made and imported steel.

In 1998 Tonkin Steel opened a new branch in Atherton, followed by a new branch in Townsville in 2004, most recently the Mareeba branch in 2015. This enables Tonkin Steel to supply steel products right across North Queensland.

Still managing Tonkin Steel today, Wayne remains committed to meeting the diverse steel requirements of his clients. From cattle farmers on the Tablelands to developers in Cairns to the home handyman in Townsville.


As a family run business, Tonkin Steel is proud to provide North Queenslanders with the best steel products and is continually bringing the latest steel products and industry innovations to North Queensland. 

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