The Gronow family originated from Wales, England, and were involved in coal mining. They immigrated to Australia in the late 1800s and continued in the mining industry in Ballarat, Victoria.

Eventually, they relocated to Prahran, Melbourne, where they operated a horse and wagon cartage company. They transported goods from the wharves in Port Melbourne to outlying areas of Melbourne.

From Prahran, the family moved to St Kilda, and went into the wood fuel merchant business. A short time later, in 1909, John Daniel Gronow established Gronow Removals & Storage.

The original address of Gronow Removals & Storage was 287 Inkerman Street, St Kilda, where you can still see the old stables that the horses lived in, and removal wagons were stationed.

The business was passed down through the family from John to his son, Albert Thomas Gronow, and then grandson, William 'Bill' John Gronow.

In the 1960s, the old depot became outmoded, and was used solely as a merchant wood yard. Next door, a new storage depot was built, at 283 Inkerman Street, and continues to operate to this day.

Old-fashioned service has been the essence of the how the Gronow family operated the company. That same philosophy is still retained by Gronow Removals & Storage today.