Tooth and Company Limited

Tooth and Company Limited 

In 1835 John Tooth (who had arrived in New South Wales in 1828) and Charles Newnham opened the Kent Brewery in Sydney.

In June 1888 Tooth and Company became a publicly listed company with capital of 900,000 pounds.

In 1905 the Company acquired the New South Wales Malting Company's works at Mittagong.

Over the next two decades the company acquired the Maitland Brewery (1913), the Castlemaine Brewery and Wood Brothers in Newcastle (1921). They also acquired breweries in Wagga Wagga, Narrandera and Goulburn and in 1929 they acquired Resch's Limited.

In 1977 the company acquired Wright, Heaton and Company and Penfolds Wines Limited, followed by the acquisition of Courage Brewery Limited in 1978.

Tooth and Company was acquired by Carlton and United Breweries in 1983 and the company's extensive collection of hotel properties were sold off from 1990.

The company was delisted from the Australian Securities Exchange in 2010 after not having traded for many years.

The Noel Butlin Archives holds a significant number of the company’s records dating from the 1850s to the 1990s. This includes a large number of artworks relating to their many hotels and breweries as well as advertising material for their products.


Tooth and Company Limited - Artist Cyril Ruwald

Cyril Christian Ruwald was born in 1886 in Sydney. He served in the Australian Army during World War One, taking approved leave during 1919 to attend architectural school in London and then further his architectural studies in Rome and Venice.

During the 1920s Ruwald worked with Reg Prevost, a noted patron of young architects including Sydney Ancher, before spending time in Europe during the Depression.

He was one of several architects who designed hotels for Tooth & Co during the 1930s and 1940s and was instrumental in adapting the streamlined horizontal look of European modernism to hotel design. His Cross Keys Hotel, Newcastle, set the pattern for many others including the Canterbury, Vauxhall, and Premier hotels. Ruwald also designed the Greengate (Killara) and Bull and Bush (Baulkham Hills) hotels, notable exercises in historic pastiche.

As well as hotels, Ruwald's practice encompassed apartment buildings (notably Selsdon in Macleay Street, Potts Point), banks (for the Bank of New South Wales) and numerous residences. A keen golfer, Ruwald designed club houses for Cammeray Golf Club and other sporting clubs. He also designed alternations to two significant Sydney buildings: the City Mutual Building, Hunter Street and the former Grand Central Hotel, York Street.

Ruwald died of a stroke on 16 January 1959.