History | Swanwick Murray Roche
Swanwick Murray Roche | Rockhampton & Central Queensland & Queensland Lawyers & Solicitors
Swanwick Murray Roche was founded in 1892.
The firm name continues to acknowledge three early principals of the practice and reflects the continuity of our involvement in the development of Central Queensland.
In 1892 a young solicitor, Fredrick Howard Swanwick, moved from Brisbane to Rockhampton to assume the files of the late solicitor Robert Lyons. Swanwick expanded the practice with a second office based in the Clermont Goldfields. His areas of work included general commercial, personal estate and workers’ compensation matters.
Meanwhile, in 1899, James Darling Murray established a legal practice in the booming gold town of Mount Morgan. Through the period of growth and consolidation of the original Mount Morgan mine, Murray successfully acted for local government and mining companies. He also represented individuals in family law and personal estate matters.
The gold boom at Mt Morgan in the late 1880’s to the early 1930’s saw extraordinary wealth pass through Mt Morgan and Rockhampton. William Knox Darcy was solicitor with the firm for a time before he moved on and, eventually, to found British Petroleum (BP).
In 1924, with 32 and 26 years local experience respectively and improved transportation opportunities, Swanwick and Murray merged to create a robust firm maintaining offices in Rockhampton and Mount Morgan.
Vivian Charles Roche purchased the practice in 1948, adding his name to that of the business.
Swanwick, Murray and Roche were much more than just recognised legal practitioners. They were also heavily involved in community service and development. For example, Murray was an Alderman of Mount Morgan for five years (including a period as Mayor) and later was a local pastoralist of some note with the Stanwell Power Station situated on land formerly held within his family.
The continuity of the firm name symbolises our historical connection with the development of Central Queensland, our support for its people and communities in the region, as well as our commitment to the ongoing success of our clients in our chosen service areas of insurance, agricultural, commercial, mining and personal services.