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Our History


9th April 1888

Firm established in Broken Hill by John R Edwards.

5th November 1888

First Fire – This fire destroyed the first office of the firm.

12th December 1888

John R. Edwards was appointed solicitor to the Municipality of Broken Hill. Apart from being solicitor to the Council, he acted for and represented all the major mining companies in Broken Hill, including BHP. We still act for the Broken Hill City Council today.


November 1910

Abdy Fellowes Edwards, J.R. Edwards’ son, was admitted to practice as a solicitor and joined his fathers firm.


July 1933

Mitchell Austen Brown and Thomas John Brown signed an agreement to purchase the firm John R. Edwards and Son, and the firm became known as John R. Edwards, Son and Brown.



Tom Brown Jnr joined the firm.

28th April 1954

The second fire, which almost completely destroyed the premises of the office at 281 Argent Street. This fire did untold damage. At this time we had one of the biggest Legal Libraries outside the Sydney area. It was completely destroyed.



Garth Michael Thompson arrived to complete his articles with Austen Brown. He was admitted to practice as a solicitor on the 12th February 1965. Two years later he became a partner in the firm John R. Edwards, Brown and Brown.



John Albert Swift joined the firm which changed its name to John R. Edwards Brown and Thompson. In 1973 John Swift became a partner. The firm then changed its name again to Austen Brown Thompson and Swift.



Danny O’Brien joined the firm.


The firm’s name changed again, this time to Austen Brown, Thompson.

November 1983

Saw the arrival of Andrew Boog, a graduate from the Australian National University in Canberra. He and his wife Joanne, came from Sydney where Andrew had worked with the Australian Tax Office.

July 1985

Garth Thompson sold his share of the business to Danny O’Brien and Andrew Boog.

26 October 1987

Austen Brown Thompson began conducting business in the new offices of 178 Argent Street.

9 April 1988

We celebrated our centenary in business. 1st book “100 years in Law” released.


August 1995

Austen Brown Thompson opened its office in Dubbo.


July 2001

Andrew became the firm’s sole owner and the firm became known as Austen Brown Boog.

November 2006

Moved into our new premises at 21 Church Street Dubbo.

April 2008

Celebrated 120 years and released the 2nd book “Lawyers in the Outback.


November 2010

The Broken Hill office closed.


October 2021

The firm merged with Silkman Hockey Lawyers, formerly Kevin Hockey & Associates which was established in 2005 by Kevin Hockey. Jai Silkman took over from Kevin in October 2019.