From The Archives – Who is this Man?


The late Nicholas O’Donohue was the son of a successful Western District grazing family. He studied Law at The University of Melbourne and is described in the family history as “a brilliant lawyer and financier”.

There are few old Firms which still bear the name of their Founder. Nicholas O’Donohue was a quiet Philanthropist and he played a big part in the re-development of St Vincent’s Hospital. He was a talented golfer and made significant contributions to the development and improvement of the Riversdale and Anglesea Golf Clubs in particular.

In business he had a wide circle of influential associates and a reputation for being pragmatic and ‘firm but fair’. He was a significant Property developer with large developments in Queens Road Melbourne, Anglesea, St Bernard’s Estate (Keilor), and Berwick, and he pioneered Company Share and Strata property ownership.

Although it is almost 40 years since his death, his legacy remains with his successors in the Firm following the strict professional principles he espoused, and developing the Firm’s involvement with Charitable Foundations.