Frances Angus Facey (1909-1984)
A total of 100 years in any business is a milestone but in the ever-changing world of real estate, the achievement is rare.
Last month we started our series on the 100 successful years of Frank Facey Real Estate and this month we focus on the next chapter in the history of this influential company.
Frank Facey’s inspired decision to purchase his first real estate business in 1917 paved the way for the following generations of his family.
The subsequent expansion of his original company now incorporates businesses in Dandenong, Mulgrave, Endeavour Hills, Berwick, Narre Warren and Pakenham.
It was during the challenging days of the 1930s that Frank’s son, Francis Angus Facey, decided to join his father’s business. Together they formed a formidable team.
Angus and his wife Adele were early pioneers in the Dandenong and Berwick area.
They both earned the respect and admiration of their peers for their tireless community work throughout the region.
By now, Frank’s predictions for growth in the South East were being realised and much of the area’s development was successfully transacted through the Frank Facey Real Estate business.
Angus followed his father’s lead and became a Fellow of the Real Estate Institute of Valuers in 1936.
In 1956 Frank Facey’s Real Estate and Business Agency built a new, modern office at 254 Lonsdale Street Dandenong, where First National Hall and Partners still reside to this day.
Dandenong had prospered since the days of his father’s carriage building company and was now the major centre for commerce and industry in the South East.
Angus shared his father’s bold ambition and insight into the future development of the region and he purchased a 65-acre property at Narre Warren.
In 1984 that property became one of the area’s first subdivisions, Franleigh Park Estate. A public reserve was named in his honour: The Angus Facey Reserve.
Frank Facey and his son Angus were at the helm when Dandenong and the surrounding districts grew from broad pastoral farmlands into the vibrant towns and cities that are to this day still experiencing remarkable popularity.
Frank and Angus ensured that the original values and ethics by which they worked would remain integral to the developing business which today includes: First National Hall and Partners, First National Neilson Partners, Parklea and Facey Industrial-Commercial.
Angus’s son Andrew Facey joined the now thriving business in 1968.
We follow his story next time.