Keith Parkinson - A most Inspiring Man
Keith Parkinson was born in England in 1937 and came to Australia in 1954 on a slow boat where he spent his sixteenth birthday. Determined to prove himself at an early age Keith worked on the Hydro-Electric Scheme in the Snowy mountains and ultimately enrolled in Dookie Agricultural College where he excelled in all that he pursued. He became Rifle Captain, Football Captain and College Captain while achieving an Honor’s Degree in Agriculture and a four year course in urban valuation.....thus igniting an interest and passion for real estate that would determine his life’s path.
He was first employed at Gray and Johnson in 1962 as an Auctioneer, Estate Agent and Sworn Valuer where he soon became Manager of their Balwyn office. Later in 1965 after marrying his soul mate and partner in life and business, Jacqueline Hocking, he moved to the agency E.O. Hill & Son in Hawthorn and 1967 he liked it so much he bought the company!
Hill & Parkinson was established in 1967.
After nine years operating from 669 Glenferrie Road, Keith purchased the historic 100 year old building at the corner or Glenferrie Road and Chrystobel Crescent in Hawthorn from Mr Smith, a picture framer, philosopher and friend to all who’s iconic building was home to many great Australian artists. Keith and his wife Jacqueline went to great lengths to preserve the building’s heritage while modernising its form and function and ultimately developing the shops at the back that still exist today. Keith Parkinson was the Principal and Director of Hill & Parkinson and specialised in Residential and Commercial Property Sales while Jacqueline successfully managed the rent roll.
The agency had many wonderful staff and was hugely successful with an outstanding reputation. Keith Parkinson was a successful, charming and driven business man who created an name for himself and his agency that stood for honesty, integrity and a commitment to his clients. His contribution to the Real Estate industry is still recognised today and his impeccable reputation is something he would be incredibly proud of. Keith Parkinson passed away in September 1985.
“Real estate is still essentially dealing with people..and we bring with it our tradition that clients are the most important people we know.” Keith Parkinson 1974
Frank and Jane Mlikota (nee Parkinson) are committed to upholding the spiritual history of Keith Parkinson and all that he created and continuing to develop their company on the premise of establishing respected relationships and providing exceptional service.
Keith Parkinson......This is not a tale of overnight success, of haggard men striving for instant success in a business that must stand on personal integrity. If it must be told, it should emphasise one’s man’s earnest belief in the future of Hawthorn and a deep interest in its past.........
Headline on double page spread in The Eastern Suburbs Standard Wed, Oct 2, 1974 (See below)