Back in 1964, when local Grafton retailers could not get finance for their customers for sewing machines, televisions, washing machines and other goods, locals Bill and Peter Dougherty established Westlawn to come to their aid.
In 1972, Mike Dougherty joined his cousins and the decision was made to extend services to a full local finance company whilst also diversifying into the property sector with the acquisition and development of commercial real estate. After serving as Chairman for many years, Mike retired from the Westlawn board in October 2017.
A number of second generation Doughertys actively work in the Westlawn Group. Jim Dougherty, one of Bill’s sons, joined in 1993 and is now Chairman of Westlawn Finance and Chairman of the Westlawn Property Trust.
Mark Dougherty, one of Peter’s sons, joined Westlawn in 1996 and is also a director of Westlawn Finance and has previously held the position of Managing Director of the Finance division. Sarah Dougherty, one of Mark’s sisters, also works in the Finance division. In addition, Chris Dougherty, one of Mike’s sons, is General Manager of Westlawn Insurance Brokers.