About Gowans Auctions


Gowans Auctions is 100% Tasmanian owned and is a Hobart and Tasmanian Institution with origins dating back to 1939 when 2 Hobart businessmen, Clay Freeman and Fergus Duff boldly established Freeman Duff & Co in the first year of WWII.  Now more than 80 years on, we conduct more Auctions than any other Auction House in Tasmania and sell on average 1000 lots per week making us one of only a handful of Auctioneers in Australia to do so.

We have sold some of Tasmania’s most important Antiques and hold a number of Australian record prices.  We specialise in Deceased Estates and just some of our Vendor clients include most Hobart Law Firms and Trustee Companies as well as Commonwealth and State Government Departments including the Australian Antarctic Division and Tasmania Police.

Our Purchasers include buyers from all around Australia.  Our senior team of Tim Burt and Annette Dano are among the most experienced in Australia with several decades in the Industry each.  When you contact Gowans Auctions you are engaging a wealth of experience.

Tim Burt

Tim has been employed by Gowans Auctions for almost 30 years and during that time has become a part owner/Director in the Company. Tim has developed extensive experience and knowledge, a thorough understanding of the auction industry and places high standards of customer service to our clients as a priority. Tim’s role includes Senior Auctioneer, Valuer, day to day set up of auctions, customer enquiries and assisting clients to sell single items, house lots & deceased estates in respect to packing, values, transportation and marketing of your items. 

Annette Dano

Annette commenced with Gowans Auctions in 1994 and is the Business Manager and part owner/Director. Annette is highly experienced in all aspects of the administration side of the business and has a thorough understanding of all facets of the day to day running of Gowans Auctions. Customer service is a high priority in ensuring vendor and purchaser satisfaction.