History: Our Major Milestones

Established in 1973 as a small, family-owned and operated business in Tasmania’s North West, Fairbrother has steadily grown to become a recognised leader in the building and construction industry. Our stellar success in the Tasmanian market has enabled us to expand into regional Victoria and also to undertake selected projects nationally.

2017

2017

First Joint Venture project undertaken in Victoria with the awarding of the $42m Ararat Intermediate Secure Facility with Kane Construction
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First employee achieves 40 years service milestone 

2016

Company wins contract for the $60m city-transforming Devonport LIVING CITY Stage 1 project (picture: Living City)
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Warrnambool Division branches into SA with $11.6m contract to build the Penola Milk Processing Plant

2016

2015

2015

Fairbrother story “Shaking The Foundations” is released
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Company wins largest project to date with $70m University of Tasmania Melville St Student Accommodation Facility
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Joinery Division completes fitout of the two Spirit of Tasmania ferries

2013

Company is awarded $400m Royal Hobart Hospital Redevelopment in joint venture with John Holland Group
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Degree C operations in the North-West relocate from Devonport into their purpose-built facility at Ulverstone

2013

2012

Fairbrother opens an office in Warrnambool, paving the way for further expansion into regional Victoria

2010

Company adopts a newlook logo
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Morey & Hurford is renamed Fairbrother Construction Victoria
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Company completes luxury Saffire resort on Tasmania’s East Coast

2010

2008

2008

Bendigo-based Morey & Hurford is acquired
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200th apprentice is employed
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A company restructure gives rise to the Fairbrother Group and corporate structure suited to future expansion

2007

Fairbrother Foundation is established
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Company is awarded “Employer of Choice” and “Minister’s Award for Excellence for Employers of Australian Apprentices”

2006

2006

Degree C is 100% acquired
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Fairbrother Developments starts with $16m Bay Renaissance luxury apartment complex in Burnie

2004

Fairbrother is awarded $87m Tasmanian Prisons Redevelopment in joint venture with John Holland Group
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Fairbrother Facility Management is formed
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Company is accredited AS/NZS4801 for OHS Management and ISO4001 for Environmental Management

2004

2001

Key employees gain level of ownership in the company

2000

New modern and purpose-built office facilities for Fairbrother in Launceston

2000

1998

1998

Name changes to Fairbrother Pty Ltd and new logo adopted
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Board of directors is appointed
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100th apprentice is employed
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Company is accredited to ISO9001 for Quality Management Systems

1996

First female apprentice is employed

1995

Promenade project in Singapore

1993

Fairbrotherestablishes a Southern Division in Hobart
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First overseas project - McCain’s Potato Shed in New Zealand

1992

1992

Company newsletter “What’s Building?” is published - it still continues today

1991

Fairbrother establishes a Northern Division in Launceston

1990

Major fit-outs commence in Sydney

1989

Construction ofthe $5m Bonds Weaving Mill in Devonport and the University of Tasmania’s Centenary 
Building in Hobart

1989

1988

Mount Wellington Observation Centre is completed in the mid-winter snow

1987

First major multi-level construction - the 165-room Launceston International Hotel

1987

1986

1986

Company relocates to 12 Stony Rise Road, Quoiba - home of head office ever since
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Fit-out of the Sheraton Hotel in Hobart and the 3UZ Sound Studio in Melbourne

1983

First off-shore project - King Island Lighthouse

1982

1982

Ulverstone Civic Centre becomes the first project requiring a bank guarantee ($100k+)

1980

Major West Coast works are undertaken, including units for the Hydro and rooms for the Westcoaster Motel and Strahan Inn

1980

1979

Focus shifts from housing to commercial sector with the construction of the Devonfield Sheltered Workshop & Devlaun’s Vegetable Processing Factory

1977

Company relocates to 6-8 Stony Rise Road, Quoiba
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First housing contract - valued at $14,000

1977

1974

First apprentice is employed

1973

First Joinery workshop is opened in Devonport

1972

1972

Royce & Thea Fairbrother found RT & DJ Fairbrother
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First employee is appointed