Raine and Horne

Raine & Horne has built an exceptional legacy, rising from a two-man partnership to become one of Australia’s leading super brands, with global expansion not just planned but well underway path, forging a career for themselves outside the firm initially, and entering the business at a later stage, possibly as a Board member. However, unlike other firms that have to make a concerted effort to make the company ‘all about me’, Raine & Horne is definitely bigger than ‘me’.” Whatever the case, Raine & Horne has built an exceptional legacy, rising from a two-man partnership to become one of Australia’s leading super brands, with global expansion not just planned but well underway. Yes, luck has played its fair share, and the management of the Cooper Estates certainly proved a coup for Raine & Horne as the firm travelled headlong into one of history’s most tumultuous centuries. But luck alone cannot support a business through 140 years, and the stewardship of multiple generations of Raine family members has proven an equally enduring asset to the firm. If Captain Raine could know how his actions led to the formation and continued expansion of one of Australia’s most enduring family firms, he would undoubtedly be proud. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, and it has been his buccaneering spirit, his pride in the family name, and his willingness to take calculated risks that have underpinned the growth of the real estate super brand. Of course, none of us can begin to imagine what the next 140 years will bring, but it is more than likely Raine & Horne will be among the enduring Australians brands that stand the test of time. And chances are, a Raine family member will be on the bridge, charting a fresh course for success. In the Raine & Horne history book, ‘ Private Property ’ , Dad was quoted as saying: “I was indeed fortunate to have a trouble free, idyllic, family life, allowing me to absorb myself in achieving my ambitions and pursuing the growth of the firm with intensity. This reflects great credit on Susan, who provided an oasis in the home, for which I will forever be grateful and in her debt”. Mum and Dad clearly adored each other and went everywhere together. At night Dad would race home from work to see Mum, open the front door and call out ‘where’s your mother?’ He’d toss his briefcase and give Mum a huge bear hug as though they hadn’t seen each other all week rather than simply since that morning. Mum however didn’t escape his teasing either. He called her ‘dirt face’ and often introduced her to strangers as his “FIRST” wife. Dad loved to tell a tale about when he first met Mum and how she was S00000 lucky, because she was basically on the shelf. Mum was hardly on the shelf at 19 and marriage was far from her mind however, Dad was 29, so everyone knew it was completely the other way round! During his two years at Drayton House when Dad’s memory was failing, he would often say to us ‘you don’t realise how lucky you are to have your Mother’. Dad certainly knew how lucky he was and was forever grateful to have Mum in his life. Dad wasn’t just an endless gag reel though. He was explicit in his values and expressed to us all, the importance of: family (including extended relatives), being humble, not being flashy, always thinking of others and not taking yourself too seriously. Laughter was always present in our home. Angus Raine 141

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