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Celebrating 100 Years

Celebrating 100 Years


Charles Stewart Real Estate and Livestock has been part of South West Victoria for a century.

The company still operates from where it all began with Mr Charles Stewart in 1917, at its head office in Bromfield Street, Colac.

Today, this fourth generation family owned and operated business continues to maintain the values of honesty and professionalism synonymous with Charles Stewart when he started out 100 years ago.

Charles Stewart Real Estate and Livestock take great pride in being part of the fabric of the local community.

Its company founders, management and staff have established long and enduring business and community links providing service to generations of local families.

Colac and surrounding towns have grown from settlements, some only accessible by sea, to thriving regional and coastal communities servicing growing farming, rural and tourist industries.

The company has been part of the many ups and downs the community has experienced as the region has developed.

The stories dotting the company's history are also the stories of local history. Charles Stewart started out in a time when the favoured mode of transport was the horse, he visited his clients in the Otways

on horseback, farmers herded their cattle to market along the country roads and market day was, and still is, an integral part of community life.

Many locals will remember when the saleyards were in the middle of town and Thursday in Colac, up until the late 70s, was a hive of activity. And the milestone of the opening new yards on the edge of town in 1979.

Today, it's a very different world than when it all began 100 years ago. And our centenary is an opportunity to say thank you to the many customers and clients, and the staff , current and past, that have had a role in the organisation and contributed to achieving this milestone.

In 2017 the company has grown, and in addition to its Colac office, it now has offices in Camperdown, Geelong, Warrnambool, Hamilton and Ballarat.

Looking to the future the company and its team of livestock agents, rural, residential and commercial estate agents and property management staff continue to provide professional service built on local knowledge that stretches back for 100 years.