Raine and Horne

Joseph Horne 1842–1927 Close connections crucial to success Joseph Horne was generally regarded as the only man in the Commonwealth with an intimate personal knowledge of William Charles Wentworth during the last days before the great statesman died. The famed Wentworth was an Australian pastoralist, explorer, newspaper editor, lawyer, politician and author, who became one of the wealthiest and most influential figures of early colonial New South Wales. Joseph had been an agent for the Wentworth estate for some years, which was how he met his future business partner Tom Raine. Born on 22 June 1842 at Huntley, Aberdeen, Scotland, eighth of nine children of merchant George Horn(e), and his wife Helen, née Milne, Joseph had met W. C. Wentworth’s son D’Arcy in Britain. When Horne landed in Sydney in 1871, he lived for some fourteen years in the Wentworth’s family home, Vaucluse House. On 23 May 1883, Joseph Horne and Tom Raine became partners, setting up Raine & Horne at Wentworth Court, a three-storey building at 116 Elizabeth Street and Phillip Street, Sydney. The new firm operated as land agents – managing properties, collecting rents, making valuations, and buying and selling on commission. Joseph continued to manage the Wentworth Estate until 1920. Joseph remained an integral part of the Raine & Horne ownership team until the end of the 19th century when aged 58 and ailing, he retired from the firm. Joseph was replaced by a new partner in Percy Arundel Rabett, an English banker who became its indoor auctioneer. At this time, Raine & Horne shifted to 70 Pitt Street. In the firm’s first 25 years (1883 – 1908), it sold real estate worth £470,455 and joined the top ranks of real estate companies in NSW. Joseph retained an office at 2 Hunter Street, where he managed the Wentworth Estate until 1920. Apart from his commercial success, Joseph involved himself heavily in community work. He was associated with the Benevolent Society, Sydney Hospital and many other institutions, to which he readily gave his time and money. Joseph also took a keen interest in the Sydney City Mission, where he was a councillor and supervised Sunday schools in Glebe, Newtown, and Glenbrook. For many years Joseph was a prominent member of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Highlands Society of NSW. The co-founder of Raine & Horne passed on 26 November 1927 at the age of 87 years. The Horne’s drop into Raine & Horne A small piece of history was made in 2013 when the Scottish descendant of Raine & Horne co-founder, Joseph Horne, paid a visit to the company’s corporate offices in Sydney. Graham Sutherland, who was visiting from Inverness with his wife Rita, is the great grandnephew of Joseph Horne. The intrepid Graham wanted to learn more about the company his relative started. “We knew about the family link with Raine & Horne, so when we got to Sydney, we decided to see if we could find out where the head office was,” said Graham. “As it turned out, we were staying only 200 metres up the street.” Then CEO Angus took some time to sit with the Sutherlands to discuss Joseph’s importance to Raine & Horne and presented them with a copy of the company history up to 1998, ‘Private Property: A Family & A Firm’. Angus also proudly showed the Sutherlands Joseph’s original ‘gentleman’s cane’ on display in the office. 25