A Rich History

A Rich History

At Ord Minnett, we’ve been building wealth for generations. That’s because, thanks to our experience,
we’ve been operating for generations.

Proud Heritage

With corporate origins dating back more than 150 years, Ords has provided advice services to clients all across the country. Throughout that time, we’ve not only gained a wealth of experience, but grown rich in history.

In the video below, Chief Executive and Managing Director, Karl Morris, and other veteran Ords staff discuss our business origins and how we have navigated challenging economic times to make Ord Minnett the growing company it is today. A company our clients affectionately call ‘Ords’.

The origins of our name

The Ord Minnett (pronounced ‘minute’) name stems from its founders, Charles Ord and Jack Minnett, who met during the Second World War in the Australian Imperial Force.

In 1939, Ord was a commanding officer at the Sydney base when he first met Minnett, a young man 18 years his junior, who had just joined the army. Both men were posted to Darwin during the war before being deployed separately, with Ord being promoted to lieutenant colonel and sent to Sydney and Fremantle, while Minnett was posted to East Timor as an administrator and district officer.

Despite their wartime camaraderie, both men had worked in the finance sector prior to their time in the Force, with Ord a banker and Minnett a stockbroker. Once back into the workforce post-war, Charles Ord and Jack Minnett ran into each other by chance in Sydney’s O’Connell Street, where stockbrokers in Sydney were based.

During this time, Ord said to Minnett, “You’re going to lose me as a client.” Minnett asked, “Have I done something wrong?” Ords responded, “No, it’s just that I’m starting my own business and I’d like you to join me.” And so, in 1951, Charles A Ord & Minnett was formed.

Our journey through the years

Ord Minnett journey through the years

The story of Ord Minnett

In celebration of Ord Minnett’s 150 Years, we have published a comprehensive book detailing our rich history, which explores the events that shaped the business we are today.

The 200 page book includes historic photos, insightful stories and commentary from a wide range of prominent Ord Minnett stakeholders.

You can download a free version here.

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