The origins of Foresters Financial
Our history is in the community. After all, we were founded as a community.
Foresters Financial began in Victoria in 1849, as the ‘Ancient Order of Foresters’.
Back then, groups of people would band together to support each other in times of trouble. If you were a member of Foresters and a loved one became ill—or worse—you could rely on a community pool of money to help you through the hardship. For example, The Ancient Order of Foresters played a strong role in supporting members and their families through the depression, and both World Wars.
It was all underpinned by a simple principle. Everyone deserves access to support.
Regardless of who you were, where you’d come from, what you hoped to achieve, or the hardships you’d endured, The Ancient Order of Foresters represented a community of people dedicated to helping each other. Our history is built on the idea that together—as a community—we can grow, navigate the tough times, and create a better collective future.