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1 P & A Coutts The story of Horsham Timber & Joinery.

2 Percival Lawrence Coutts – Wimmera Roots. Richard Coutts. Pioneer Settler. Richard Coutts Son of Pioneer Percival R. Coutts Horsham icon. Percival L. Coutts Born – Ballarat Died – Horsham How did this person of significance establish business in Horsham?

3 Percival Lawrence Coutts - Lineage Richard Coutts Born – Kincardine, Scotland Died – Rupanyup, Australia Imm – To the Goldfields, Ballarat Great Grandfather

4 Percival 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 12 Children, 11 sons and one daughter. Resided – Lallat, Rupanyup. Settled – Rupanyup (from 1872) Work – Miner and Farmer History: Mentioned in the Victoria and its Metropolis. Significant pioneer to the region 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.

5 Percival Lawrence Coutts - Lineage Grandfather Richard Coutts Born – Talbot, Victoria Died – Ballarat, Australia Buried – Horsham, Victoria.

6 Percival Lawrence Coutts – A Short History (grandparents). Richard Coutts: Born – 1864 to Richard & Janet Coutts. Second eldest child. Married – Maria O’Shea and had 5 Children, 3 sons and two daughters. Resided – Mount Magnet, WA (etc). Settled – On the move Work – Miner. History: Spent significant time ‘on the move’. Recollections of his time. Spent time near Gordon (Victoria) and Warracknabeal 1885 trip to the Kimberleys. Children raised in Horsham. Died of old age in Ballarat. Buried in the Horsham Cemetery.

7 Percival Lawrence Coutts - Lineage Richard Coutts Born – Allendale (near Ballarat), Victoria Died – Ballarat, Australia Buried – Ballarat, Victoria. Father

8 Percival 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 & Ballarat Settled – Ballarat (after Horsham) Work – Compositor/typesetter. History: Had strong connections in Horsham Champion footballer Horsham and Ballarat. Moved for his football and work WW1 – Military Medal (Messine 1917) Post war illness. Died in Ballarat. Buried in the Ballarat Cemetery.

9 Percival Lawrence Coutts. What created his personality: A child of the depression Apprentice at 13, little formal education Second eldest, father ill, worked to support Responsibility Determined and courageous Used his brains and ability Served in WW2

10 Percival Lawrence Coutts – AIF. His father: P. R. Coutts (MM): WW1 38 th Battalion The Western Front Lieutenant P. L. Coutts: WW2 38 th Battalion In Darwin during the bombing Served in New Guinea and Milne Bay Sergeant

11 P & A Coutts – 1951 to Apprenticed to Fred Harris (prior and post war) Established P & A Coutts in 1951 Humble beginnings Mainly domestic and renovations Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (1957)

12 P & A Coutts – 1951 to The ‘green fleet’.

13 P & A Coutts – 1951 to Post 1960, expansion After war redevelopment Opportunity and determination Not only Horsham, far reaching influence Competed aggressively and strongly Developed a reputation Was the inaugural chair of the MBAV in the Wimmera

14 P & A Coutts – 1951 to Expansion – 1960’s and onwards.

15 P & A Coutts – 1951 to Expansion – local influence.

16 P & A Coutts – 1951 to Changing the face of Horsham.

17 P & A Coutts – 1951 to Horsham Civic Centre Horsham RSL Public State Offices

18 P & A Coutts – 1951 to Turnover $100M post war Employed 150 people in peak times Trained 150 apprentices Memories as a teenager…. Was the biggest employer next to Wimmera Base Hospital Would often say ‘….wherever you go someone will know you’.

19 P & A Coutts – 1951 to Closed in 1982 Took on ‘all comers’ Educated many Broke down barriers Migrant workers Many years to retire Influenced many State reputation Not bad for a bloke who got A+ in pastels


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