• Our History

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Our History

BDO (NTH QLD) has a history tracing back to 1906. In this time, our team and experience has developed along with our region. We have established a long-standing reputation for providing quality advice to our clients and a high standard of service to our local community.

Howarth Cairns KM Kehoe & Associates CE Smith & Co
Howarth Kehoe Smith
Howarth North Queensland
HNQ Acquired Mathesons
BDO Kendalls (NTH QLD)
Foremans join BDO (NTH QLD)
BDO (NTH QLD) open Townsville Office

1906 – Edgar S Mann

Edgar S Mann commenced practice as a public accountant in Cairns in 1906.

2002 – Horwath Kehoe Smith

In 2002 the three long established local firms of Horwarth Cairns, KM Kehoe & Associates and CE Smith & Co joined forces to better service our clients.

2004 – Horwath (Nth Qld)

In 2004 Horwath Kehoe Smith rebranded to become Horwath North Queensland.

2005 – Horwarth (Nth Qld)

In 2005 Horwath (Nth Qld) acquired Mathesons.

2007 – BDO Kendalls  (Nth Qld)

Horwath (Nth Qld) rebranded to BDO Kendalls and formed an affiliation with BDO Kendalls (Brisbane) – the largest Qld owned firm.

2009 – BDO

Globally, the network rebranded to become known as BDO.

2014 – Foremans Business Advisors

Established in 2001, Foremans Business Advisors was the leading boutique insolvency firm in Cairns.  In 2014 Foremans joined BDO (Nth Qld) and Todd Kelly was welcomed as Partner in Business Restructuring & Advisory.

2021 – BDO (NTH QLD) Townsville

After many years servicing clients in the Townsville and surrounding region, BDO (NTH QLD) established an office in the CBD to further support their clients and the growth of the largest full service firm in North Queensland.