It was time to celebrate a major achievement of our firm. We have been around for 50 years this year!
While Neil Armstrong was walking on the moon for the first time in 1969, there was something more important happening that year in Sydney, Australia!
In 1969, Bill Stanley left the firm he was a partner at (J.G Biddlecombe & Co) and joined forces with his old friend, John Gibb to form Gibb Stanley & Co, based at 32 York St, Sydney. The firm took over another firm called HA Herborn & Co and was up and running with a solid client base that would underpin the success of the firm going forward. We still have a number of clients from that time who are still with us today.
Around that time, Wes Williamson, a friend of John Gibb’s, who had been in share broking, joined them and became the third partner in the firm. Soon after, they were joined by a young Sam Shun, who would, a few years later be appointed as a partner of the firm. In 1979 John Gibb decided to leave the firm. The firm continued on with Bill, Wes and Sam as the partners and with the Gibb name taken out of the firm’s name and replaced by Williamson. The firm continued on with the new name, 3 continuing partners and still resident in the American Express Building.
The firm has grown from 1969 to the 5 partner, 25 staff firm, that it is today. With significant tax, business services, audit, bookkeeping, management accounting, and international tax (as part of the Krestons International network) divisions, the firm is able to look after all needs in the small to medium size business space. We have come a long way!
On Wednesday 27th March the firm celebrated the event with partners, staff and some clients (some who had even been with us for the whole 50 years) at The Mint in Macquarie Street, Sydney. It was a special occasion during a special year. Below is a picture of our partners and team enjoying the occasion.
There is a lot more to celebrate and we plan to be around for another 50 years – although this writer will not be the one writing about it then!
We really have to take this opportunity to thank all our loyal clients who have supported us over that period – we could not have done it without you. Similarly our devoted team. We are so lucky to have such a great team who care as much about our clients as the partners do.
Here’s to the next 50 years!