Billiard House first started trading in Canberra in 1974. One half of the partnership was Arno Davis who worked for the most famous and well respected billiard company in Sydney, Herion & Smith. When Arno decided to move to Canberra with his family it certainly made for some big changes in the mid 70’s.
The Canberra business steadily grew with the original partnership eventually dissolving. With his commitment to hard work, Arno's incredible trade skills made him very sought after with all Clubs and Pubs using his repair and upholstery skills. His fairness with pricing and extensive professional skills made him very well respected for his honesty and integrity.
In early 1990 Arno's son in law, Gerry Silvano, joined the business. Over time Gerry established himself as a very capable apprentice and later as a skilled tradesman. Young and strong he was more than capable of handling the heaviest of tables under Arno’s expert guidance.
In 1997 Arno turned 60 and decided to retire and become a grey nomad. Gerry & Monika Silvano took over the business and focussed on expanding the retail side of the business. Expanding both the range of colours and model choice this was a very successful strategy. Gerry & Monika supplied over a thousand quality slate tables over a 13 year period. Their emphasis was on quality and they selected their main supplier in Sydney with that same emphasis. Their tables featured Italian slate, hardwood timbers, English cloth and quality production which made for a very impressive finished product.
One of our early delivery trucks
Sadly a growing flood of cheap, poor quality, foreign imports and changing consumer preference for electronic games saw a drastic reduction in the popularity of Snooker. Snooker and Pool table sales plummeted. As a consequence of this our large showroom located at 167 Newcastle Street Fyshwick has has been relocated to our residence in Nicholls. The demand for excellent service and skilled repair work has not diminished however and Billiard House continues to provide these services. Gerry & Monika are still offering the same quality cloth recovering and table refurbishment services with a dedication to excellence.
Gerry and his crew can also move and relocate your existing Billiard tables and the Billiard House name will continue to remain strong amongst Billiard and Snooker enthusiasts.