James Peet quote

Our History

Heritage sets us apart


Our success and unwavering confidence in the future lays in the spirit and passion of our founder, James Thomas Peet, who established Peet in 1895.

He believed owning property was every Australian’s birthright and he did all he could to enable people to achieve that dream – pioneering new financial arrangements, initiating witty marketing techniques and supporting families gain a home as they returned from war.

Since then, Peet has survived and thrived through booms and busts, wars and jubilations and ownership changes until our listing on the Australian Stock Exchange in 2004. Today, we’ve expanded into a national company and we’re one of the most respected names in the property sector – still underpinned by the same qualities of our founder 120 years ago: vision, leadership, courage, integrity, and a passion for property.

James Thomas Peet
Image: State Library of Western Australia 011465d

1895: James Thomas Peet creates the Company.

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Peet and Co's First Office at 159 William Street
Peet & Co’s first office at 159 William Street

1895: Peet & Co opens for business on William Street.

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Chauffeur driving the De Dion car to transport would-be purchasers
Chauffeur driving the De Dion car to transport would-be purchasers, c. 1911

Early 1900s: Peet & Co pioneers new land sales and marketing innovations.

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Gold rush boom
Image: State Library of Western Australia 011549d

Early 1900s: Perth basks in the boom times of the first gold rush.

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Peet and Co Office 1929
Image: State Library of Western Australia 011464d

1930 to 45: War and depression hit as Peet supports those in-need.

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Dalkeith Estate advertisement 1950
Image: Freshwater Bay Museum

1950s: Post war growth fuels Peet’s suburban expansion.

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Scarborough Beach Advertisement 1960s
Image: Stirling History Collection

1900-1960s: Peet builds some of Perth’s most well-known suburbs.

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Bickford Advertisement 1914
The Triple Entente at Bickford, 1914

1990s: Commitment to affordability continues.

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Military Art workshop
Military Art – Art in the Field project

2000: Community involvement strengthens.

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Flagstone Rise, Queensland
Flagstone Rise, Queensland

2004: Peet lists on the ASX and expands to all Australian states

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