John Cuthbert commenced his apprenticeship with Mr. Ben Welsby in Bell Street Ipswich in June 1878 at the age of 14. On the 8th July 1891 he commenced business in Ellenborough Street Ipswich. He retired on 8th July 1943.
Cuthberts was accepted as a member of the Master Plumbers Associated of Queensland (MPAQ) on 11th July 1917.
John apprenticed his son Ossie in 1916. Ossie took over the management of the firm in the 1930’s and he retired in 1972. Ossie was made a LIFE MEMBER of MPAQ in 1971. Two of his sons John Oswald Cuthbert (Jack) & Leonard Francis Cuthbert joined the firm in the 1950’s and worked through to 1993, when the premises in Ellenborough Street was sold to facilitate their retirement.
Jack’s son Bill was apprenticed in 1975 at age 18 and in November 1992 he and his wife Vicki took over the reigns of the firm.
The eldest of their three children, Daniel was apprenticed in 1997 remains in the industry and Rebecca works in the office.
A strength of the longevity of the firm has been the ability to train and retain employees for long periods and to continually evolve with technology.
Customers who employed the services of the past generations continue to use Cuthberts Plumbing Pty Ltd today. They include Commonwealth Government, Ipswich Grammar School, Qld Rail, St Andrews Hospital, Catholic Schools, The Baptist Union of Qld and various other Church bodies as well as long standing family owned businesses and descendants of private customers.