Finlaysons traces its origins back to 1850, just fourteen years after South Australia was colonised. The chart below traces the firm’s evolution from Ayers & Ayers to Finlaysons.

Finlaysons Predecessors

Photographs from our archives identify the landmark buildings from which Finlaysons has operated since 1905.

  • Eagle Chambers and Town Hall

    Eagle Chambers and Town Hall
    King William Street Adelaide c 1890 – 1905

    Image courtesy of the State Library of South Australia SLSA:B36279

  • City Chambers

    City Chambers 16 Pirie Street Adelaide
    1905 to 1966 (Date of Photo Unknown)

    Copied from Michael Burden
    Adelaide a photographic record, Melbourne, OUP, c 1983

  • Epworth Building

    Epworth Building
    Pirie Street Adelaide
    1966 to 1981 (Photo 1927)

    Image courtesy of the State Library of South Australia
    SLSA B:3945

  • SGIC Building

    SGIC Building
    211 Victoria Square

    The firm moved into the SGIC Building, 211 Victoria Square on 4 May 1981 and became known as Finlaysons.

  • 81 Flinders Street Adelaide

    81 Flinders Street Adelaide
    December 1990 (Photo 1990s)

    Finlaysons’ current premises opened for business on Monday 10 December 1990