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Celebrating 125 Years!

28th August 2020


You might know us now as wilson/ryan/grose, but we actually weren't founded by a Wilson, Ryan or a Grose! 

Arthur Hobbs was our founding father, opening the office of Unmack, Fox & Hobbs on 28 August 1895.

In 1901 two new partners joined the firm - Lachlan Chisholm Wilson and William Samuel Buchanan - and the firm changed its name to Hobbs, Wilson and Buchanan. 

Wilson was not only a key figure in the history of our firm, but also in Australian military history, leading a distinguished military career after leaving Townsville in 1912. 

In 1909 Guy Pennefather Ryan joined the firm as partner, and in 1911 we became Hobbs, Wilson & Ryan.

Around 1910 Agnes McWhinney joined the firm, and in 1915 she became the first woman in Queensland to be admitted as a solicitor, cementing herself as a key historical figure of the firm. 

On 1 August 1921 Arthur Grose became a partner of the firm, and on 5 August 1921 a new name was registered for our firm - Wilson, Ryan & Grose.  We now hold one of the oldest registered names of any law firm in Townsville, with a history we are proud of. 

We've come a long way over 125 years, and we can't wait for 125 more.  

Thank you to all our staff, past and present, and to our clients who have helped shape the Firm we are today. 

Let's take a trip down memory lane...

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Ground Floor, 96 Memorial Avenue
Maroochydore QLD 4558

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Townsville QLD 4810

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