AT Brine & Sons is a fifth-generation family business founded in Western Australia in 1894. Over the past 120 years the company has constructed some of Perth’s most notable buildings including The University of Western Australia’s Winthrop Hall, St Mary’s Cathedral in the CBD, the Kings Park State War Memorial and the WA Trustee and Royal Insurance Buildings, which can still be found preserved in their original form on St Georges Terrace. For the first half of the 20th century the builder’s portfolio mostly consisted of large-scale commercial developments, with extensions to Boans department store (now Forrest Chase) and the construction of the Fremantle Ports and Passenger Terminal some of its major projects.
While the business still completes some commercial work – warehouse and factory developments – it now specialises in high-end residences and architectural homes, renovations and minor works, most recently including the relocation of the Talbot Hobbs memorial from Elizabeth Quay to the Supreme Court Gardens.
Christopher Brine, the great great grandson of the business’ founder Alfred Tonkin Brine currently oversees the company’s operations and took over the reigns from his father Tony Brine in 2015.