Our History

The founder of Lockwoods: Mr James Fredrick Lockwood

The founder of Lockwoods: Mr James Fredrick Lockwood

The founder of our firm, Mr James Fredrick Lockwood, began his career in Geelong in 1900, working for HE Richardson, an Auctioneer, Accountant, Arbitrator and Valuator. On moving to Echuca in 1908, Mr Lockwood commenced employment with McKenzie & Co. In 1922 he left to set himself up as the town’s first freelance accountant.  Mr Lockwood gradually built up his business through his involvement in the local community and contracts he made.

When Mr Lockwood’s clerk left him in 1925 he found a replacement in 18 year old Joe Charters who studied accountancy in his spare time. Joe qualified as an accountant in 1938 at the age of 31 and that same year was rewarded when Mr Lockwood made him a partner. The firm name was changed in recognition of this to F Lockwood & Associates.  Following successful admission to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, the practice name was changed to Lockwood Partners in 1983.

In December 2006 Lockwood Partners relocated office premises to 486 High Street, Echuca. The state of the art facilities will allow us to serve the community well into the future.  Lockwood Partners are the most pre-eminent accounting practice in the region. Building on the solid blocks placed for us by our founders, we want to ensure that we maintain a pro-active and prestigious image in the local community.