Our History

Our business started in 1918 when Walter Ingham bought a piece of bushland in Sydney’s south-west, a rooster and six hens for his son, also known as Walter. Walter Ingham junior grew the business through the war years, and the Depression.

When Walter passed away in the 1950s, the small locally-based business was handed down to his sons, Jack and Bob. Over the past 60 years, Jack and Bob Ingham have built Inghams Enterprises into a poultry empire, feeding millions of Australians each year.

In 2003, Jack and Bob received the Order of Australia for services to the poultry industry, and as pioneers in research, development and establishment of world’s best practice standards in the thoroughbred horse racing industry. 

Jack Ingham passed away on 5 August 2003. In 2007, Bob Ingham was included in the Australia Post Legends Award, which honours living individuals who have made a significant contribution to the Australian national character and identity. Special stamps are issued featuring the award recipient.

Community giving has also been a significant part of the Ingham family’s values. Over time, they have donated millions of dollars to a wide range of charities.

Bob Ingham has been the driving force behind the Ingham Institute, an independent multi-million dollar specialist centre for health and medical research, based at Liverpool.

Aside from the poultry side of the business, the Ingham name is equally well-known for its success on the racecourse. They have held an interest in racing and breeding thoroughbreds – a pursuit which would grow into one of the world’s largest home breeding programs, and which would take them to the top of the horse-racing industry as Australia’s largest and most successful racehorse owners.

Their horses such as Octagonal and Lonhro became champions and experienced a significant number of victories on the track. The bloodstock business was sold to Darley, owned by the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, in 2008. Bob Ingham continues to maintain his interest, owning and racing a number of horses in the well-known cerise colours.

In June 2013 Bob Ingham sold the company to TPG Capital.