1922 Walter Snr and Walter Jnr (holding horse) with greenfeed cut from Casula farm
The family poultry business, Inghams Enterprises, was founded in 1918 when Walter Ingham Sr. purchased 42 acres of bush land in Casula, Western Sydney as a gift to his 18-year-old son, Walter Ingham. Walter Jr., an apprentice mechanic, wanted to be a farmer and embarked on a fruit and vegetable farming venture, eventually moving into the poultry business. Starting with just one cockerel and six hens, his laying business endured the war years and Great Depression growing into a profitable local business with over 1,000 birds. After his death in 1953, Walter’s two sons, Jack and Bob Ingham took over the small breeding operation and expanded the business through a combination of organic growth and acquisition.
In 1961, the company built its first processing plant at Hoxton Park in Western Sydney to service supply arrangements with major retail and quick service restaurant customers. By the mid-1960s, new styles and techniques of packaging and processing led to the company’s rapid expansion and development of the poultry industry. The business subsequently entered into the production of turkey and stockfeed, and enhanced its processing capabilities to cater to changing consumer preference towards value-enhanced poultry products.
Bob (left) and Jack outside the Kurrajong Road office, circa 1960.
Bob (left) and Jack in their office, Liverpool 1987.
Over the multiple decades of ongoing expansion and success, Inghams Enterprises grew its operations and acquired a significant portfolio of strategic property assets around Australia and New Zealand.
In 2013, Inghams Enterprises was sold to private equity company TPG Capital. Following the sale, fourth generation family members retained seven prime properties throughout Australia with the intention to develop these into a long-term income producing property business, known as Ingham Property.
Inghams Enterprises became the largest integrated poultry producer across Australia and New Zealand.
Bob (left) and Jack receiving the Order of Australia from Former Governor of NSW Dame Marie Bashir, AD, CVO, for services to the poultry industry, and as pioneers in research, development and establishment of the world’s best practice standards in the thoroughbred horse racing industry, January 2003.
The Ingham story is not complete without mentioning Jack and Bob’s passion for horses, which blossomed into a highly successful thoroughbred breeding and racing empire. They held a number of extremely successful horses, including champions Octagonal and Lonhro.
Bob sold the bloodstock operation in 2008 to Darley, owned by the ruler of Dubai, Shiekh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in the biggest deal ever recorded in the global history of thoroughbred racing and breeding.
The distinctive cerise colour worn by the jockeys was well known on the racing circuit and Ingham Property recognise that part of the Ingham family history in the brand logo symbol colour.
Lonhro in action, George Ryder Stakes 2003.
OUR CORE VALUES
These values represent the code by which we operate. They demonstrate what you can expect from us, and what we expect from those we partner with and serve.
“Can we shake hands on this?”
Your trust and our integrity are fundamental to building real relationships. Our handshake is the deal, we stand by our word.
”Are we improving it?”
Our commitment is to the highest professional quality and standards of excellence, protecting our and others reputations.
“Does this make Bob proud?”
Our decisions and actions today are enduring and for tomorrow, creating long term, sustainable outcomes that serve others.
“Would Bob do this?”
We are respectful, we are respected, we recognise that relationships are reciprocal and reputations earnt.
“Is this good for business, good for others, good to do?”
Our business acumen and ambitions are governed by our values, driven by our experience and fuelled by the family legacy.