Our History

Steel Walsh & Murphy was created on 1 July 1980 by the merger of E Steel & Co Chartered Accountants of Cowra and Walsh & Murphy, Chartered Accountants of Cowra. The firm of E Steel & Co was formed by Eric Steel in 1952 and Walsh & Murphy was formed by Bill Murphy in 1975, through the purchase of Allen Walsh’s practice.

Following the merger of the two firms, Mr Eric Steel and Allen Walsh remained as consultants to Steel Walsh & Murphy. Mr David Steel and Mr Bill Murphy were partners in Steel Walsh & Murphy until 30 June 1986 when Mr David Steel retired. Mr Bill Murphy practiced as a sole practitioner until Mr Kendall McMaster joined the partnership in 1988 and Mr Mark Fisher in 1996. Kendall McMaster and Mark Fisher left the firm in 2011 and Bill Murphy practices as a sole proprietor.

Currently Steel Walsh & Murphy comprises one principal, five managers, a financial adviser and five accounting and clerical staff.

In 1995 Steel Walsh & Murphy became a member of Count Wealth Accountants and provided a financial planning service for our clients. The financial planning entity is William Murphy. The firm has 2 full time financial advisers.

In July 2001, Steel Walsh & Murphy merged with another local accounting business, Reg Cassidy and Co. Further expansion of the business followed with another merger in 2006 with Cowra firm Robert Sligar and the purchase in 2007 of a Sydney based accounting business, ASTIMS of Neutral Bay. This business was renamed ASTIMS & SWM Chartered Accountants to reflect and identify Steel Walsh & Murphy and its Cowra origins.

We are committed to forming close partnerships with our clients, enabling us to understand your unique situation and customise the assistance we provide to suit your requirements. Our commitment to excellence is evident in our hardworking team and the exceptional service we offer.

Our enthusiasm for our work means you get a friendly team of professionals eager to use their expertise to help you succeed!

Steel Walsh & Murphy has offered accounting traineeships for Cowra High School leavers since 1996. The trainees work in our office and undertake their accounting studies externally. We have trained in excess of 20 Cowra students over the years and currently have two trainee accountants.

We have always embraced technology and we were one of the first firms of accountants in the Central West to adopt electronic filing. Steel Walsh & Murphy has now been using this system for over 10 years.