Graham Nock was director and chairman of long-standing family enterprise and Australian hardware retailing institution, Nock & Kirby.
As you’d imagine, his soon-to-be-published memoirs are brimming with business insights and retailing history, as well as anecdotes from his favourite past-time: sailing. We are privileged to have been given Graham’s permission to print some selected excerpts.
Three notable themes are: Graham’s focus on charity work – giving back to the community; the importance of relationships; and on education and innovative thinking in business.
Nock & Kirby began as a partnership between Graham’s grandfather Thomas Nock and Herbert Kirby in Sydney, in 1894 and became one of Australia’s most recognised hardware brands.
Graham was born in Sydney in 1928, the son of Sir Norman Nock, later Lord Mayor of Sydney, and after school he continued his studies at the Babson Institute of Business Administration in Boston, USA, graduating with a Bachelor of Science.
He joined his father in the family’s well-known hardware store in 1950, eventually becoming Chairman of Directors. He has been a director or chairman of many companies including Carrier Air-Conditioning, the AMP Society, Rheem Australia, Southcorp, Touraust Corporation, Emerging Markets Co, and Development Capital of Australia Ltd.