History accounts for a lot

Our History

From humble beginnings, through wins and losses, earthquakes and plane accidents, acquisitions and mergers, DFK Crosbie, one of Newcastles oldest and most trusted accounting firms has stood the test of time and built its success story over many years, and is extremely proud of its history.

Looking back there’s been many changes since 1964, when founding partner Stan McLean, then 26yo and Des Curran 22yo, won a 500 pound lottery and decided to use the winnings to start an accounting practice called McLean Curran & Co. With just four employees, the firm grew and became George, Warren, Crosbie & Sinclair in 1978.

In 1982 the company went through a tragedy when Partner Denis Parkinson and former Partner Des Curran were killed in a plane crash, along with Bruce Turnbull (father of Malcolm Turnbull MP, then just 20yo) and pilot Bill Ford en route to transfer ownership of a hotel.

Some years later, nature struck again with the Newcastle earthquake destroying the back wall of the Mayfield office in 1989.

The company’s name was changed to Crosbie Warren Sinclair in 1992 and in 1993 the three offices in Mayfield, Charlestown and Raymond Terrace were merged into one office at Warabrook with 45 employees.

In 2005 the growing Wealth Management division acquired a Sydney based Financial Services company and a Sydney office. A Gold Coast acquisition followed in 2010, adding more staff and a better service to Queensland clients.

In 2013 MyAccountants on the Gold Coast merged with the Crosbie team and at the end of 2013, after reviewing the company brand they updated their brand image. At the same time the opportunity arose to become affiliated with DFK Australia and New Zealand, an international network of independent accountants and business advisers. Their name changed to DFK Crosbie, with Crosbie Wealth Management and Crosbie Finance.

The DFK Crosbie Gold Coast office was sold in 2017.

From a company that started with just four employees in 1964, this has now grown to over 90 employees.

Today DFK Crosbie remains a team of highly motivated individuals who are committed to delivering exceptional services to its growing and loyal client base.  We pride ourselves on being something both different and quite special, an accounting and business advice firm that offers unparalleled expertise and experience in a way that reflects the people who, over time, have contributed to the firm’s growth.

They are the accountants and business advisers with a human touch, something that has been in their DNA now for over 56 years.

Our Timeline

DFK Crosbie has been in business since 1964. Looking back, Crosbie has seen may changes over the years, below are some of the events that have shaped Crosbie today.

1964

Practice Opens

The practice opens as McLean Curran & Co with two partners, Stan McLean and Des Curran.

1964

1978

Company Name Updated

Stan and Des retired from the practice and the company name is updated to George, Warren, Crosbie & Sinclair.

1978

1982

A tragedy happens

A tragedy, Partner Denis Parkinson and former Partner Des Curran are killed in a plane crash, along with Bruce Turnbull and the pilot Bill Ford.

1982

1989

Newcastle Earthquake

The Newcastle earthquake destroys the back wall of the Mayfield Office.

1989

1992

Company Name Change

The company’s name is changed to Crosbie, Warren, Sinclair.

1992

1993

Offices Merge

The three offices in Mayfield, Raymond Terrace and Charlestown are merged into one office at Warabrook with 45 employees.

1993

1994

New Division

The Wealth Management division commences with two employees.

1994

2005

Elsegood Acquisition

The growing Wealth Management division acquires Elsegood Financial Services and the Sydney office.

2005

2010

BAMR Acquisition

The Gold Coast accountant & wealth management firm BAMR is acquired adding 18 employees.

2010

Early 2013

MyAccountants Merger

MyAccountants on the Gold Coast merges with Crosbie bringing to the team, one partner and four employees.

Early 2013

Late 2013

New Brand

In late 2013 we updated our brand and became affiliated with DFK Australia and New Zealand, a network of independent accountants and business advisers. Our name changed to DFK Crosbie, with Crosbie Wealth Management and Crosbie Finance. 

Late 2013

2017

Office Sold

The Gold Coast office is sold.

2017

2019

New Sydney Office

The Sydney office moves out of Edgecliff and moves to a new address in Martin Place.

2019

August 2019

New Office in Newcastle

The DFK Crosbie Newcastle teams moves into a beautiful new office in Newcastle West.

August 2019

Late 2019

Crosbie Wealth Self Licenses

Crosbie Wealth Management self licenses and changes it’s name to Crosbie Wealth. 

Late 2019