Unlocking solutions since 1940
Master Locksmiths

James Bull since 1940…

It was founded in April 1940 by James Bull, who was joined in December of the same year by his brother, Bob, who was the managing director until 1996. A third brother, George, worked for the firm until his death in the late 1960’s.

World War Two helped shape and determine the direction the company was to follow. Import restrictions in force during the war years gave rise to demand for a range of locally made goods. This led to the development of engineering jobbing work as a key part of the company’s business.
As times changed locksmithing increasingly became the main focus of the business.

 1986 saw expansion into the supply of architectural hardware for both commercial buildings and domestic housing. This has grown to be a major part of the business. 1991 saw the opening of a Wellington business specialising in the supply of hardware to joiners, construction companies & builders. This was followed in 2011 with an Auckland business specialising in electronic locking solutions.

While Chris & Garry Bull – Bob’s sons – are active in the business on a daily basis, they are only part of a large team of experienced and knowledgeable locksmiths, lock fitters and hardware & electrical product supply specialists.




Why work with us?

Discover the benefits of our experience and expertise today

For 83 years James Bull have been at the leading edge of security and access solutions.

Based in Christchurch, we have provided products and services across the country. No one survives that long without doing a hell of a lot right!


We can access all the main suppliers and our team is trained and ready

With access to most products and backed by a massive trained team of pros we are able to bring you the right solution. Big, small or in between we value working with you!


James Bull have a reputation for providing effective solutions.

Finding the best option for your needs is our priority and what will give you the ultimate benefits!


James Bull provide excellent value for money, and can save you time and stress!

We love to provide the best value solution for you which may not be the cheapest, but it will be one we guarantee and support.

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