A Note From Our CEO
“Built on a foundation of trust, service and longevity, we have been a constant in the agricultural landscape. For us, 180 years of serving Australian agriculture is an opportunity to celebrate and thank our clients and employees. We are proud to tell the stories of some of our long-standing customers, and to hero the innovation and resilience shown by farmers across our country.
Whilst this is a significant occasion for us, we remain focused on driving the success of our country’s farmers. We’re also focusing on the future and our purpose for creating positive change for the sector.”
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“Community and our family, they are one in the same. We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for them”
– Don & Kelly White
“I can’t remember when we didn’t have Elders in our household – they’ve always been part of the furniture. Not just in work, but across the community and local area. Elders have been part of everything we do,”
– Nick & Kate Wadlow
“Dad’s approach to farming and his willingness to change things that weren’t working are part of the reason I wanted to come back to the farm,”
– David Lehmann
“Our dam was built in 1968. That’s the last time it was dry, and now you can stand in it again.”
– John Howard
“It’s good to know that in dealing with Elders, I’m dealing with a business that supports Australian agriculture. We buy Australian, we support Australian.”
– Nathan Stevens
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In 1839, 3 years after the proclamation of South Australia, Alexander Elder arrived in Adelaide and established Elders Limited.
Born into a Scottish merchant family, he wanted to explore opportunities for exporting goods back to Britain, including wool and copper.
After battling for a few years, the copper boom saw him prosper and he was joined in Australia by his brothers, William, George and Thomas.
It was one of these brothers, Thomas, who realised the huge potential of the pastoral outback and it was under his encouragement the business imported camels to arrange transport. This unlooked the vast interior of Australia, making it possible to tap into the Great Australian Basin and the hidden water that made grazing viable.
Thomas Elder was laying the foundations of a national business empire that would be built on the back of the sheep industry but which was funded with cash from the copper boom; cash that enabled him and his peers to acquire huge tracts of land.
The Elders business never looked back.
The company expanded nationwide and over the years diversified into wool, livestock, grain, real estate, financial services, agronomy and farm supplies services, shaping it into the company it is today.
Today, Elders has branches and presence across 450 locations in Australia and operations throughout South East Asia.
Although our clients vary in size, production, industry and location, they have one common goal: to maximise the performance and returns of their farming enterprise. Whether you’re looking for assistance during the launch phase of your business or are looking to increase the value and size of your established business, Elders has the resources and experience to help you reach your short and long term goals. Elders, Always in your corner.