About Us

A Family History.

Roche Brothers a civil engineering and contract mining company was founded by Jim Roche and two of his brothers in the 1920’s. It pioneered the use of backhoe tractors instead of front-end loaders in mining operations and contract mining in Australia.

This Roche innovation was picked up by mining companies all over the world, and helped put Australia at the forefront of open-cut mining technology and Roche became one of the largest contract mining companies in Australia.

Management of the business was handed down to Jim’s two sons Ken and Denis in the in the early 1980’s. Over the next two decades the business grew rapidly in the area of contract mining becoming the largest private contract miner in the world. Contracts included the super pit in Kalgoorlie and a significant part of earth works at Hong Kong International Airport. The Roche Brothers business was sold to Downer EDI Limited in 1997. Of more recent times Roche Holdings has focussed primarily in the areas of property development and private investments

Roche have a number of key Victorian and Queensland developments including Sandhurst and Sandarra Carrum Downs, Sanctuary Lakes Resort at Point Cook, Mission@Mission Beach Queensland and Mason Point in South Morang.

Operational investments that Roche have under control include Brooks Nursery and a number of listed and unlisted investments.

Roche Holdings are currently involved in several new and established businesses and continues to seek new opportunities into the future.