Raine and Horne

Property: It’s in Our DNA AR FROM THE TYPICAL CORPORATE STORY of takeovers and mergers, the success of Raine & Horne is closely interwoven with the concept of ‘family’. Indeed, one of the first things to greet visitors to the firm’s corporate headquarters in Sydney, is a striking collection of memorabilia, including portraits of generations of the Raine family, who have been the public face and driving force behind the firm. These days, the Raine & Horne ‘family’ extends to a wide network of offices, each stamping their own character on the broader group. Yet together they form a cohesive whole, sharing ideals forged over generations. Captain Thomas Raine 1793–1860 From buccaneer to businessman Few of us can claim to have a true buccaneer in the family. But then, the Raine family is anything but typical, and the Raine & Horne super brand can trace its beginnings back to 1795 with the birth of Thomas Raine. The son of London barrister Richard Raine, Tom’s early life was one of comfort and plenty. However, this came to an abrupt end when his father was sent to a debtor’s prison – a common fate in 18th century England. By age 14, Tom felt the call of adventure, and left home to set sail with the merchant navy. Tom’s early life at sea must have held remarkable adventures as this was the time when Britain was at war with the American states, as well as Napoleonic France. While few records exist of Tom Raine’s life at this stage, we do know he must have shown considerable talent as a seaman because in 1814 Tom sailed into Sydney Heads as an officer on board the Surry. It was a propitious arrival though the ship received far from a ticker tape welcome. Family. The glue that binds us Previous page above: Prominent early employees shaping Raine & Horne’s success in 1900. Previous page below: Raine & Horne relocated in 1891 from King St. to United Chambers, George and Hunter Sts. Sydney. Above right: Thomas Raine: A visionary entrepreneur and intrepid adventurer. Opposite page below left: Tom Raine was a witness to a milestone in Australian history as guest at inaugural Parliament opening. Opposite page right: 1823 Raine & Ramsey Accounting Ledger: Historical financial records uncovered. F Tom’s early life was one of comfort and plenty. However, this came to an abrupt end when his father was sent to a debtor’s prison – a common fate in 18th century England 22

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