Presentation on theme: "P & A Coutts The story of Horsham Timber & Joinery."— Presentation transcript:
1 P & A CouttsThe story of Horsham Timber & Joinery.
2 Percival 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
3 Percival Lawrence Coutts - Lineage Richard CouttsBorn – Kincardine, ScotlandDied – Rupanyup, AustraliaImm – To the Goldfields, BallaratGreat 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 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.
5 Percival Lawrence Coutts - Lineage Richard CouttsBorn – Talbot, VictoriaDied – Ballarat, AustraliaBuried – Horsham, Victoria.Grandfather
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 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.
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 & 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.
9 Percival 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
10 Percival 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
11 P & 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)
13 P & 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
14 P & A Coutts – 1951 to 1982.Expansion – 1960’s and onwards.
15 P & A Coutts – 1951 to 1982.Expansion – local influence.
16 P & A Coutts – 1951 to 1982.Changing the faceof Horsham.
17 P & A Coutts – 1951 to 1982. Horsham RSL Public State Offices Horsham Civic Centre
18 P & 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’.
19 P & 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