Gerald O’Halloran was a leading figure in the Coromandel gold mining industry when he left Thames to establish an Auckland accounting practice in 1886. It wasn’t long before his influence was established in Auckland’s cultural, social and business circles. He was famed for his professionalism and approachable nature and became a key adviser to many of the city’s forefathers, including prominent businessman James Dilworth.
O’Halloran was among the six founding members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants when it was established in 1894. In fact, it is the only practice from that era which still includes its original name.
Gerald’s son Gerald Junior followed in his father’s footsteps and became a public accountant, who subsequently took his son Desmond into partnership with him in 1925. When Desmond retired in 1974, it saw the management of the O’Halloran practice pass out of family hands. Meanwhile, Bruce Simpson had become a partner of O’Halloran & Son in 1968 and continued the O’Halloran’s legacy of personal service and a clear understanding of business and financial issues.
With Bruce Simpson at the helm, the O’Halloran practice grew into a well recognised sizable firm operating from Dominion Road, Mt Eden. At the end of 2004, Bruce saw an exciting opportunity to establish a new O’Halloran accounting practice on the North Shore, while the existing firm continues to practice from the Auckland CBD.
Joining Bruce in his new venture was his own son Stephen Simpson, who became a director of the O’Halloran North Shore accounting practice in 2009, thus becoming a new generation committed to keeping the O’Halloran name esteemed amongst it’s clients and associates.