The Gowing family started the company in 1868 and continues to use the company as its principal wealth creation and preservation vehicle.
The company, under 4 generations of the Gowing family, has prospered through 141 years of economic booms and busts, world wars and market crashes. The company’s origins were in retailing, which soon led to significant property investments being made across Sydney’s CBD. At one time the Gowings Market Street building, completed in 1929, was the tallest building in Sydney.
Gowings also had an early interest in equity investments, being one of the founding investors in Woolworths. In the 1950s a significant re-allocation of capital was made into listed equities. Since then, listed equities have become the primary generator of wealth for our shareholders and currently represent the largest portion of our investment portfolio.