Our History
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1928
The Beginning
On the road
1946
1961
A. McIlwain Pty Ltd founded by Arthur McIlwain
Family Ties
1974
1980
Transformation
Strength in numbers
1984
1986
The ‘Quarter Century’
Moving on
1991
1993
Solid foundation
Winners!
1997
2006
Back ‘on the road’
Worldwide recognition’
2007
2009
Broadening our expertise
Expansion
2010
2011
The ‘Half Century”
Innovation
2013
2014
And Again!
Interstate expansion
2015
2016
Renewal
Refresh and rebrand
2017
2020
M1 Burleigh to Palm Beach
60th anniversary
2021
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1928
The Beginning
Arthur McIlwain’s first experience ‘on the road’ was at seven years old when the family took 3 horses and a dray out to join his grandfather building roads in Yarrawich.
1946
On the road
Arthur purchases his first truck on leaving the army and recommences work ‘on the road’ with his father in the Gold Coast Hinterland and Numinbah Valley.
1961
A. McIlwain Pty Ltd founded by Arthur McIlwain
Trading commences with the purchase of Arthur’s first bulldozer to augment his contract cartage business
1974
Family Ties
Arthur’s youngest son, Neal McIlwain, joins the family business as a plant operator
1980
Transformation
A. McIlwain transforms into a civil contractor and begins minor civil infrastructure projects across South East Queensland.
1984
Strength in numbers
Arthur’s eldest son, Keith McIlwain decided that ‘mud and dust’ was in his blood and jons the family business as General Manager
1986
The ‘Quarter Century’
A. McIlwain Pty Ltd celebrates its 25th anniversary.
1991
Moving on
The company is restructured to form McIlwain Civil Engineering Pty Ltd and Arthur formally retires from the business
1993
Solid foundation
McIlwain Civil Engineering build their new headquarters at Hemmant
1997
Winners!
McIlwain’s La Foresta Townhouse Development project is awarded the inaugural Civil Contractors Federation Queensland Earth Award
2006
Back ‘on the road’
McIlwain Civil is awarded its first Department of Transport & Main Roads Contract to construct the Fat Hen Creek Bridge Approaches at Kilkivan
2007
Worldwide recognition’
The Ecovillage subdivision at Currumbin is awarded the FIABCI Prix d’Excellence award for the Worlds Best Environmental Development
2009
Broadening our expertise
McIlwain Civil is engaged to complete the Springfield Lakes Low Level Dam project- the company’s first ever major engineering structure and bridge
2010
Expansion
McIlwain’s North Queensland branch is opened after successfully securing multiple road and bridge contracts throughout the region
2011
The ‘Half Century”
McIlwain celebrates 50 years of trading
2013
Innovation
McIlwain is awarded the DTMR Innovation Award for the Gatton – Clifton Road Slope Stabilisation project.
2014
And Again!
The Spring Creek Road Slope Stabilisation project is announced the winner of Category 3 at both the Queensland and Australian Civil Contractors Federation Earth Awards
2015
Interstate expansion
McIlwain commences work in New South Wales in a joint venture to deliver the $50M Tourle Street Duplication project in Newcastle.
2016
Renewal
Tim McIlwain accepts appointment as General Manager and Keith McIlwain becomes Chairman of McIlwain Civil Engineering
2017
Refresh and rebrand
McIlwain Civil Engineering is rebranded as McIlwain
2020
M1 Burleigh to Palm Beach
2020: McIlwain awarded contract to upgrade the Pacific Motorway M1 Burleigh to Palm Beach (Package B) as part of the Joint Venture, SMA Infrastructure.
2021
60th anniversary
McIlwain celebrates its 60th anniversary
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