The company was formed soon after Charles H. Goode’s arrival in the colony in 1849. In partnership with his friend Thomas Good, he opened up a general softgoods business in Kermode Street, North Adelaide. The pair became brothers-in-law when each married the other’s sister.
Charles Goode is said to have been South Australia’s first commercial traveller. When the American Civil War reduced the supply of cotton to Australia, he decided to go on the road to find more business. When Thomas Good retired, Charles’ brothers Samuel and Matthew joined the business and it steadily expanded. It set up warehouses in Rundle Street, Stephens Place and Grenfell Street. Charles Goode was elected to parliament in 1865, representing East Torrens in the House of Assembly. In 1882 the business became known as Goode, Durrant and Co. when W.H. Durrant joined the firm.
These premises, comprising bulk store, stabling and a dwelling, were designed by Charles’ son Charles Thomas Goode. His father had sent Charles jnr to England for architectural training and he was articled to Osborn & Good of Birmingham. This was followed by a year in London with George Vigars. Council approved the plans for this complex in May 1890. It is well built of bluestone, with stuccoed and red-brick dressings. The coved plaster soffit to the eaves is unusual. Largely original, it has had new doors and windows added to suit modern office needs.