Presentation on theme: "P & A Coutts The story of Horsham Timber & Joinery."— Presentation transcript:
1P & A CouttsThe story of Horsham Timber & Joinery.
2Percival Lawrence Coutts – Wimmera Roots. How did this person of significanceestablish business in Horsham?Richard CouttsSon of PioneerRichard Coutts.Pioneer Settler.Percival R. CouttsHorsham icon.Percival L. CouttsBorn – BallaratDied – Horsham
3Percival Lawrence Coutts - Lineage Richard CouttsBorn – Kincardine, ScotlandDied – Rupanyup, AustraliaImm – To the Goldfields, BallaratGreat Grandfather
4Percival Lawrence Coutts – A Short History (gt gnd’parents). Richard Coutts:Born – 1832 to John & Christian Coutts.Youngest of two children.Married – Janet Condie and had 12Children, 11 sons and one daughter.Resided – Lallat, Rupanyup.Settled – Rupanyup (from 1872)Work – Miner and FarmerHistory:Mentioned in the Victoria and itsMetropolis.Significant pioneer to the region.1885 trip to the Kimberleys.Walked to Queensland for land.Most of his sons all prospected.Killed in 1889 in a farming accident.Arthur & David Coutts Lallat.Buried in the Rupanyup Cemetery.
5Percival Lawrence Coutts - Lineage Richard CouttsBorn – Talbot, VictoriaDied – Ballarat, AustraliaBuried – Horsham, Victoria.Grandfather
6Percival Lawrence Coutts – A Short History (grandparents). Richard Coutts:Born – 1864 to Richard & Janet Coutts.Second eldest child.Married – Maria O’Shea and had 5Children, 3 sons and two daughters.Resided – Mount Magnet, WA (etc).Settled – On the moveWork – Miner.History:Spent significant time ‘on the move’.Recollections of his time.Spent time near Gordon (Victoria)and Warracknabeal1885 trip to the Kimberleys.Children raised in Horsham.Died of old age in Ballarat.Buried in the Horsham Cemetery.
7Percival Lawrence Coutts - Lineage Richard CouttsBorn – Allendale (near Ballarat) , VictoriaDied – Ballarat, Australia. 1951Buried – Ballarat, Victoria.Father
8Percival Lawrence Coutts – A Short History (parents). Percival Richard Coutts:Born – 1887 to Richard & Maria Coutts.Eldest child.Married – Margaret O’Keane and had 10 Children, 7 sons and three daughters.Resided – Horsham & BallaratSettled – Ballarat (after Horsham)Work – Compositor/typesetter.History:Had strong connections in HorshamChampion footballer Horsham andBallarat.Moved for his football and workWW1 – Military Medal (Messine 1917)Post war illness.Died in Ballarat.Buried in the Ballarat Cemetery.
9Percival Lawrence Coutts. What created his personality:A child of the depressionApprentice at 13, little formal educationSecond eldest, father ill, worked to supportResponsibilityDetermined and courageousUsed his brains and abilityServed in WW2
10Percival Lawrence Coutts – AIF. His father: P. R. Coutts (MM):WW138th BattalionThe Western FrontLieutenantP. L. Coutts:WW2In Darwin during the bombingServed in New Guinea and Milne BaySergeant
11P & A Coutts – 1951 to 1982.Apprenticed to Fred Harris (prior and post war)Established P & A Coutts in 1951Humble beginningsMainly domestic and renovationsHoly Trinity Lutheran Church (1957)
13P & A Coutts – 1951 to 1982. Post 1960, expansion After war redevelopmentOpportunity and determinationNot only Horsham, far reaching influenceCompeted aggressively and stronglyDeveloped a reputationWas the inaugural chair of the MBAV inthe Wimmera
14P & A Coutts – 1951 to 1982.Expansion – 1960’s and onwards.
15P & A Coutts – 1951 to 1982.Expansion – local influence.
16P & A Coutts – 1951 to 1982.Changing the faceof Horsham.
17P & A Coutts – 1951 to 1982. Horsham RSL Public State Offices Horsham Civic Centre
18P & A Coutts – 1951 to 1982. Turnover $100M post war Employed 150 people in peak timesTrained 150 apprenticesMemories as a teenager….Was the biggest employer next to WimmeraBase HospitalWould often say ‘….wherever you go someonewill know you’.
19P & A Coutts – 1951 to 1982. Closed in 1982 Took on ‘all comers’ Educated manyBroke down barriersMigrant workersMany years to retireInfluenced manyState reputationNot bad for a blokewho got A+ in pastels