Celebrating 70 years of strength in our business, clients and community

We are proud to officially celebrate 70 years of operation, cementing the collaborative growth we have shared with our clients across the Geelong region and surrounds.

In celebrating 70 years we are reflecting on and recognising the ongoing progress of the Geelong community, the many businesses who have flourished, diversified and supported each other through the changing landscape we have come to know and love as Geelong.

The humble beginnings of the firm began with the end of World War 2 and (Blakley) Mack West returning from his army service. His original clients came from former army comrades who had served in the same anti-aircraft battery which was commanded by the late Major Mick Shrimpton, a noted Geelong identity. The single room office of BM West as it was then called, included a calculator, a desk and a whole lot of paper in HF Richardson & Company’s building in Little Malop Street, Geelong.

Over the years, the practice expanded both in staff and calculators! In 1957 Cedric Carr became a Director and the firm was renamed West & Carr. Graeme Harvey joined Mack and Cedric as a Director in 1960 and the current name of the practice, West Carr & Harvey, was adopted.

West Carr & Harvey has now grown to 54 staff including five directors and some occasional visits from Cedric and Graeme. Cedric’s son Richard is one of the firm’s five current directors. The firm now operates out of the historic former Freemason’s hall, 79 Gheringhap Street, Geelong. Throughout our growth we have embraced change and updated our calculators to make way for computing, internet and cloud accounting technology, but our passion for our clients remains the same!

70 year building

In our period of operation we have built some long lasting relationships with many clients from diverse industries and backgrounds. It has been our absolute pleasure to witness and be a part of the growth of so many small to medium businesses across Geelong. We have partnered with industry leaders in the medical profession, building development and construction, digital services, primary production, professional services, manufacturing and many more.

As we reflect on the success of our long standing relationships with clients over the last 70 years we are proud to recognise how far Geelong has come as a close knit community. The strength of Geelong has been established through the support and collaborative nature of the region. Through working together, we have supported not only business growth, but those underprivileged groups who need support most. We choose to support the Geelong community through our ongoing work with many local groups such as Kids Plus (since 2003), Gateways Support Services, and in more recent years, Give Where You Live and Geelong Connected Communities.

We are proud of West Carr & Harvey’s history because it exemplifies the firm’s stability and the strength of our working relationships. Throughout 70 years of business, all of West Carr & Harvey’s Directors have stayed with the firm right through to retirement. The result is a cohesive team of experts armed with years of consistent knowledge, skill and understanding. Clients know they can count on us to be there when they need us.

The current board of Directors include Richard Carr (Director since 1982), Justin O’Brien (Director since 2001), Jason McGann (Director since 2006), Tim Noonan (Director since 2006) and David McDonald (Director since 2014).

70 year directors

Richard Carr, Jason McGann, Justin O’Brien, David McDonald and Tim Noonan.

The Directors and staff of West Carr & Harvey continue to be committed to working together for the strength of the firm, its clients and the community it serves.