Ted Hancock was one of Hurstville’s pioneer solicitors setting
up practise in 1929. He had graduated in law with first class honours
in 1924 at the age of 20. His parents lived at Campsie and he was
aware of the growth in Southern Sydney.
An opportunity arose in Hurstville when a solicitor by the name
of C. H. G. King found himself in trouble with the Law Society.
Ted Hancock took over his office which was a one-room business on
the first floor in a building beside what is now Diment Way.
“Hurstville was a different place to what we know now”,
Ted is reported as saying.
“The water truck would go down Forest Road on a Friday night
spraying the road with water so as to keep the dust down. Friday
night shopping then was part of the weekly routine and as Forest
Road was not sealed it became pretty dusty”.
Freddy Hopkins was Mr King’s clerk and he remained some short
time to assist Ted Hancock and his sister Mavis in the practice.
She was the sole receptionist, secretary typist and business was
very quiet for some time as they had the added difficulty of trying
to survive in the Depression. Ted is remembered as relating that
when business was extremely quiet he would sit in the sun in Memorial
Square reading the paper and wait for Mavis to call out the window
if there was somebody on the telephone.
Sometime after commencing practice one of the few other solicitors
in town at the time Joe McNamara was obliged to cease practice and
Ted then moved into his office on the first floor of what was then
Station House. The building is now owned by Washington H. Soul Pattinson.
Shortly after that Ted was instrumental in the formation of the
first St George Property and Building Societies. The forerunner
of the St George Building Society and now the St George Bank.
When WWII commenced Ted enlisted in the RAAF and had four years
service in the Middle East. While he was away his locum Seph Hauston
was shot dead in his home at Double Bay by a burglar. The practice
continued with the help of Barney Gordon till Ted returned from
the Middle East.
After the end of WWII Ted invited his fellow servicemen Ollie Alldis
to leave his practice at Culcairn and join the firm which then became
Hancock Alldis. Ollie Alldis retired from the firm in 1973 and died
The only older firm in town was Patrick & Holle which later
became Robert A. Patrick & Son which then became McKimm and
Walsh. That firm came to an end and Alan McKimm, the son of Ken
McKimm, continues to practice in Hurstville on his own account.
Ron Walsh established his own firm which then became Walsh, Murphy
Roskov and after Ron’s retirement from that firm Jim Roskov
then joined with Hancock Alldis to form Hancock Alldis & Roskov
the present firm.
Ted retired from active practice in 1985 and died in 1992. His son
Ken is currently the Senior Partner in the firm. His partners are
Chris Frazis and Jim Roskov. Richard Kitching is Consultant.
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