Operating since 1938 Hewitt and Whitty is an iconic Ballarat business.

John Hewitt (Accountant) and Jack Whitty (Farm Machinery Salesman), both returned servicemen, formed a partnership with their wives and first started trading on the 4th of July 1938.

The first shop was located at 15a Doveton St Nth, where the Mid City Motel is now situated and was rented from SJ Weir Builders. In 1951 a much larger premises was purchased from the Victorian Wheatgrowers Corporation, just across the road at 24 Doveton St Nth.

John Hewitt’s son Bill joined Hewitt and Whitty that year with his two sons also later joining the family business, Greg in July 1976 and Peter in June 1981.

The official opening of the current Ballarat store, built on the corner of Carngham Rd and Wiltshire Lane, was held exactly 50 years after Hewitt and Whitty commenced trading, on the 4th of July 1988.

Greg and Peter Hewitt continue to actively run the business today with five great locations across Victoria: Ballarat, Avoca, Lismore, Melton and Geelong.

Hewitt & Whitty are continuing to help grovers in rural Victoria today.

For the full story read the below article published for the 75th Birthday Celebrations.


Jack Whitty and John Hewitt open “Hewitt & Whitty” at 15a Doveton Street North on July 4th.


Hewitt & Whitty moves to a larger premises at 24 Doveton Street North.


Greg Hewitt joins father Bill in operating the family business.


50 years after its opening Hewitt & Whitty opened July 4th on Wiltshire Lane.


Jack Whitty passes away. John Hewitt continues to grow their business.


John Hewitt passes away and son Bill Hewitt takes ownership of the business.


Peter Hewitt joins his father and brother at their Doveton Street store.


Greg and Peter Hewitt continue to actively run the successful family business.