John Sands(1818-73) was a famous early Australian printer and stationer who was born in Sandhurst, England. He came to Australia for health reasons in 1837 and set up business in Sydney. Under various titles, Sands was one of the largest booksellers and stationers in Australia, and published an important series of almanacs, directories and gazetteers. In 1881 the John Sands company became the first Australian firm to issue Christmas and New Year cards,something that they now do exclusively, having given up board games over 20 years ago. A centenary history of Sands & MacDougall was compiled by H.P. Down and published in 1956.
John Sands was an Australian game company that has since gone out of the game business and now produces greetings cards.