Queensland National Bank
Professor Geoffrey Blainey AC and Joseph Healy talk about the history of the Queensland National Bank.
Queensland’s reliance on external capital, often unsympathetic to the State’s development opportunities, led to local investors establishing the Queensland National Bank in 1872. Over the next three decades, Queensland’s economic growth, centred around the wool industry, gold production and a developing cattle industry, facilitated the rapid growth of the bank and its branch network.
The National Bank of Australia, in taking over the QNB in 1948, acquired nearly 90 branches throughout the State, as well as deep customer and employee loyalty. The foothold it gained in general banking and agri-business continues to underpin NAB’s presence in Queensland today.
This digital story was created in recognition of 2011 Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame inductee, Queensland National Bank
Thiess Pty Ltd
Martin Albrecht talks about the history of Thiess Pty Ltd.
The Thiess brothers, Les, Bert, Stan, Pat and Cecil, started the business and were both innovators and early adopters of machinery technology. This brought them substantial contracts during Wold War II, laying the foundation for future business success. The major turning point in its history, however, occurred when, as a result of being the first Australian company to be awarded a major works contract on the Snowy Mountains’ project, it developed into an engineering company.
The character and culture of Thiess is forever embedded and deeply rooted in its Queensland history. Its success owes much to the remarkable entrepreneurship and “ can do“ attitude of the Thiess brothers and, later, outstanding leadership of the company by Martin Albrecht AC for nearly a quarter of a century. The company remains headquartered in Queensland.
This digital story was created in recognition of 2011 Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame inductee, Thiess Pty Ltd
Sir John Nosworthy
Elizabeth Nosworthy AO and Brian McCafferty talk about Sir John Nosworthy.
Sir John Nosworthty was admitted as a solicitor in 1936 and, following service in World War II, joined Morris Fletcher & Cross Solicitors, where he became widely known and respected for his corporate and commercial work.
In 1973, he received an Order of the British Empire – Commander (Civil) and in 1988 was awarded a Knighthood.
His was an era when Queensland still housed the headquarters of many of its own companies, just prior to the wave of mergers and acquisitions in the 1970s and 80s. He was a proud champion of Queensland business and widely acclaimed as an outstanding chairman and all-round leader of his time.
This digital story was created in recognition of 2011 Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame inductee, Sir John Nosworthy
Rhonda White & Terry White AO
Rhonda White & Terry White AO talk about the history of Terry White Chemists
Rhonda, having married Terry in 196 who, unusually for the times, was supportive of his wife building a career, opened her first pharmacy at Clontarf in 1964.
With each then having a pharmacy, Rhonda demonstrated her marketing gifts by reworking Terry’s suggested brand of “Terry and Rhonda White”, adopting instead “Terry White Chemists”, which has gone on to become a national brand name.
Terry’s entrepreneurship, risk taking and leadership, combined with Rhonda’s exceptional business skills, have transformed an original pharmacy on the Redcliffe peninsula into Australia’s leading pharmacy business.
This digital story was created in recognition of 2011 Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame inductees, Rhonda White & Terry White AO
Royal Flying Doctor Service
Julia Leeds and Nino Di Marco talk about the history of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland Section).
Reverend John Flynn, a Presbyterian Minister and Superintendent of the Australian Inland Mission, is a revered figure in Australian history for his painstaking work in establishing the Royal Flying Doctor Service and supporting communities in rural Australia. He was motivated to address the isolation of remote workers and families, which he described as the awesome silence of the outback.
The RFDS history is characterised by resilient and courageous pilots and medical staff who frequently operate in hazardous or trying situations at any time of the day or night. While the organisation now delivers 270,000 patient outcomes annually, it continues to maintain the ethos, values and ethics of its formative years, achieving Flynn’s vision of providing a mantle of safety to the outback.
This digital story was created in recognition of 2011 Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame inductee, Royal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland Section)
A.P. Eagers Limited
Denis Hull talks about the history of Eagers.
The A.P. Eagers story began in 1911 with the arrival in Brisbane of American, Edward Eager, as the Australian representative of the Overland Company. He and his son Fred established the company in 1913, successfully selling the Willys Overland vehicle, which was ideally suited to Australian conditions.
Today, A.P. Eagers is the 2nd largest motor vehicle dealership in Australia, employing 2900 people and turning over $2.4 billion annually. It is, and intends to remain, proudly headquartered in Queensland.
This digital story was created in recognition of 2011 Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame inductee, A.P. Eagers Limited