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Theodore Bruce was born in Leeds, Yorkshire, in 1847, and is decended from a family which had been prominently connected with the City of Leeds. Mr Bruce came to Australia with his parents in 1852, and attended school at St Peter's College. On the termination of his studies he became associated with station life; but the field of commerce proved more attractive, so he entered the service of the National Bank of Adelaide.
In 1878 he relinquished that position to start up an auctioneering business, in partnership with Mr George Aldridge, for many years the Chairman of the Stock Exchange. In 1889, he opened offices in the Old Exchange, Pirie Street, also becoming a member of the Stock Exchange of Adelaide. He became the Mayor of the Unley Council in 1898, at the same time occupying the unique position of being a Councillor in the Adelaide Corporation, and was further honored by being selected to fill the position of Mayor of the Queen City of the South in 1904.
James Bruce, born 1957, is a fourth generation Auctioneer and Valuer who began working with Theodore Bruce Auctions Pty Ltd in 1977 as a storeman and worked his way to Auction Manager by 1982, at which time he left the family company in order to benefit from overseas experience, working in both the United States of America and Great Britain before returning to Adelaide in 1987, eventually re-joining Theodore Bruce Auctions and becoming Managing Director in 1995.
Theodore Bruce combines tradition with modern business technology to achieve fast, efficient and professional service.
With over 130 years in the industry and the latest technological innovations such as live streaming of auctions and online bidding, Theodore Bruce attracts bidders from around the world; maximising the price of your items as they are sold by public auction.