About us

The Macquarie Knight Family

Macquarie Knight is a family business owned and operated by husband and wife, Matt and Sandra Southwell, along with our two eldest children – Hannah and Matt (Jnr). And hoping for the youngest two, Jesse and Tom to come to join us in the coming years!

Our family is passionate about property, always has been. All our children have grown up around building sites, listening to mum and dad debate house designs and even help renovate old homes. Some of our eldest two’s fondest memories are going along with dad to Saddington’s and playing in the Builder’s sand bay, it was affectionately referred to as the “Rock Shop”.

As a couple, we have been incredibly lucky to turn both our interest and passion for property into a successful business, and we have been even more fortunate to have the added benefit of sustaining this business for the next generation through our kids. We all work very well together, with our family values and the fundamentals of quality construction, honest customer service and education always being at the forefront of what we do. And this is what makes Macquarie knight so unique!



We are passionate about identifying great land opportunities and taking them from nothing to something – something of quality that helps people generate wealth for their future!

With over 200 projects completed throughout the Hunter Valley and Central Coast regions, we have acquired an exceptional level of expertise in the investment property market, knowing how to achieve the highest return on investment for our clients every time.

Our reputation for providing quality results for our clients come from the extensive work and dedication that we put into monitoring over 40 subdivisions across the hunter valley and central coast regions to secure the best locations early. Plus, our experience in creating dual occupancies and investment properties across several council precincts gives us a deep understanding of what is required to comply and be approved promptly.

We have also forged strong and respectful working relationships with all Local Government Area (LGA’s) in our chosen area, and the benefit of this relationship is passed onto our clients.



Matt is the Principal of the business and oversees all aspects of Finance, Operation and Marketing for MKC. Matt (BEc, BConstMgt) is a Master Builder, is a licensed Real Estate Agent and has had over 25 years’ experience across many sectors of the construction industry.

Matt has a passion for both property development and property investment. With a combined Economics and Construction background, Matt intimately understands what goes into developing and sustaining a property-based investment portfolio.



Matt (Jnr) head’s up Land Acquisition and Contracts Administration for MKC. Having grown up in a family of Developers and Builders, Matt’s developed a strong passion for Construction over the years. He began his trade as a Chef, eventually making the transition into Construction.

Matt oversees all aspects of IT, Communication and QA for the business and is currently training in Business Management. He’s the next generation of Macquarie Knight and is looking forward to further developing the business into a long-term market leader in the Investment Property sector. Outside of work, Matt has a passion for all things fitness and regularly competes in local Triathlon tournaments.



Hannah is the Relationship Manager for Macquarie Knight. Her role incorporates all aspects of sales, marketing, social media, branding and client liaison. Hannah has been mentored by one of the most senior members of the Property Investment industry here in the Hunter / Central Coast region and adopts a raw and extremely honest approach to sharing information to our clients. No smoke and mirrors are used in Hannah’s approach to Property Investment education – it’s relating to the client what both her mentor and she have done themselves to develop successful passive incomes from property. Away from making people money through property, Hannah plays Rugby League for NSW and the Australian Jillaroo’s. She has also represented Australia in Soccer and Rugby 7’s.


  • “Very happy with the result and the service throughout the process."

    Craig Ahrens
  • “Pete has been fantastic. Always keeping us to date with the progress of the property. We love our new house. Thank you everyone for your attention to detail.”

    Glen and Rhonda Garland
  • “We would like to thanks the Macquarie Knight team for a fantastic experience. Great product, great people and a pleasure to deal with. Peters guidance at the start never felt like a sale and to our surprise, he remained involved and connected the way through. We are ready for the next one."

    Jacinta and Gordan Crane
  • “The whole process has been smooth and easy for us. Peter has been supportive, and his communication along the way has been great. Will do this again.” 

    Craig and Carol Wallace
  • “Leigh and I would like to thank you for such a smooth and easy going build. Your efforts have not gone un-noticed and I would recommend you to anyone who are looking or thinking of building. Thank you again for such a show room product. We would without a doubt build with you again.”

    Leigh and Carly Conway