A Partnership Forms
Alan Brown and Jack Hurley met in the Australian Army during the Second World War. Alan and Jack decided to go into business together and Brown & Hurley commenced trading in Kyogle, NSW as Premier Motors (later changed to Brown & Hurley) following Alan and Jack’s discharge from the army in 1946. Their first business was a bicycle shop with a workshop and petrol bowsers. Their real love was trucks, and in 1948 they obtained the White Truck franchise and carried this on until 1957, when a change to Leyland Albion and A.E.C. was made. In 1961 Brown and Hurley opened its second branch at Rocklea, Brisbane, primarily to sell second hand trucks, and the Leyland franchise was secured for that area.
Kenworth – A Long-Standing Relationships Begins
Three years later in 1964, Ed Cameron appointed Brown & Hurley the first Australian distributors for Kenworth in Queensland and New South Wales Northern Rivers. The franchise was continued with Kenworth Trucks when they commenced local operations in Australia. The Volvo truck franchise was obtained in 1968 and Brown and Hurley’s association with Leyland ended.
Logging was in full swing in North Queensland and a dealership was established in Townsville in 1975 to service this rapidly growing area. A new facility was built in Darra (Brisbane) in 1979, which has been expanded twice since then. The Coffs Harbour factory owned Kenworth branch was purchased in 1981 and a parts outlet opened in Toowoomba in 1986.
The Operation Expands
A new building was constructed in Coffs Harbour in 1992. A parts outlet was added in Tamworth in 1993 and the Tweed Heads parts store was opened in 1997 (closed in 2011 and services transferred to Kyogle and Yatala).Brown and Hurley’s association with Volvo ended in 1998, and the PACCAR built DAF truck was added shortly after. The Rockhampton dealership was purchased in 2000 and a new dealership was built there in 2005. An additional full dealership was opened in Yatala (Brisbane) in 2008 and in Toowoomba in 2009. A replacement dealership was built in Townsville in 2010.
Brown and Hurley – Today and in the Future
Family members are to be found throughout the 9 branches along with a team of people who have accumulated an extraordinary amount of experience in the industry.