Our Heritage

Chapman Eastway have been successfully advising Clients for 120 years, and are proud to have many inter-generational clients.

We commenced trading as WF Allworth and Sons in 1897, acting as a stock and cattle agent. Our founding partners were William F Allworth (born 1851), and sons Reginald N Allworth (born 1889), and Lyndon E Allworth (born 1893).

The firm continued to grow and two new partners were admitted to WF Allworth and Sons in December 1920 – CP Tyler and WJ Bowman. Tragically, Reginald N Allworth was killed when hit by a tram on the corner of Hunter and Elizabeth Street. Lyndon E Allworth pre-deceased his father in 1925, and William F Allworth passed away in 1928.

In the early 1950’s, there was generational renewal when RH Thomas and Richard E Eastway joined the firm as Partners. CP Tyler and WJ Bowman subsequently retired on the same date at the end of 1955. Richard E Eastway went on to be the longest serving partner at Chapman Eastway, with a tenure of 43 years.

VG Gleeson replaced RH Thomas as Partner in 1966. Vaughn Chapman joined in 1973. WF Allworth and Sons was renamed ‘Chapman and Eastway’ on 30 June 1974.

Chapman and Eastway experienced significant growth coinciding with the prosperity of the 1980’s and 90’s, enabling four new Partners in Peter McKeon (July 1981), Stuart Black (July 1983), Khamishah Quartermaine (July 1985), Stephen Armstrong (July 1986), Glen Zell (July 1990) and Andrew Carter (July 1991). The formidable Richard Eastway retired from the practice in 1995, leaving Vaughn Chapman at the helm as Head Partner for the next 10 years.

Partner retirements enabled inter-generational change again, and current CEO Sean Cortis joined Chapman Eastway in July 1999 as Partner. Senior Partner Anthony Ryan joined the partnership four years later in July 2003. Sean Cortis became the CEO in 2013