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Royans - celebrating 70 years of service to the transport industry

Text of Royans 70th anniversary brochure

  • Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Wagga Wagga Dubbo Newcastle

    70 YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE TRANSPORT INDUSTRY

    Celebrating 70 years of serviceto the transport industry

  • CONGRATULATIONS TO

    THE ROYAN GROUPON 70 YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE TRUCKING INDUSTRY.

    WERE PROUD TO PARTNER WITH THE BRISBANE,

    SYDNEY, NEWCASTLE, WAGGA WAGGA AND MELBOURNE

    WORKSHOPS AS NTI PREMIUM REPAIRERS.

    NTI is committed to working with the repair industry to improve the quality and timeliness of repairs. As part of our commitment, we have introduced the NTI Premium Repairer scheme. The NTI Premium Repairer scheme is open to all repairers who meet the high standards set by NTI in all aspects of repair service, including parts, paint, equipment and staff training. With NTI Premium Repairers, you can be assured your truck will be back on the road faster, and with the highest quality repairs available.

    NTI Limited (ABN 84 000 746 109) (AFSL 237246) is the Manager for National Transport Insurance, an equal-partner joint venture of CGU Insurance Limited (ABN 27 004 478 371) (AFSL 238291) and AAI Limited trading as Vero Insurance (ABN 48 005 297 807) (AFSL 230859).

    nti.com.au

  • The Royan Group remains an Australian owned family business that employs around 250 people. Loyalty and dedication to our clients, suppliers and staff are at the heart of our values. More than half our staff have been with us for over a decade and many for 20, 30, 40 years and more, meaning our customers benefit from the services of some of the most experienced and expert staff in the industry. We also remain committed to training apprentices and to continuous improvement to equipment and systems in each branch. This depth of experience and ongoing investment in our facilities and staff allows us to consistently deliver quality repairs with minimal downtime.

    Ron Royan & Don Andrews

    KEEPING AUSTRALIAS TRANSPORT ON THE MOVE SINCE 1944

    PPG congratulates Royans on 70 successful

    years in business

    From humble beginnings in an old wood and coal yard in Parramatta in 1944, the Royan Group has grown to become Australias largest commercial vehicle accident repairer with six fully equipped repair facilities in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Wagga Wagga, Dubbo and Newcastle.

    CONTENTSPAGES 4 & 6. BEGINNINGS UP TO 1960

    PAGES 8 & 10. SECOND GENERATION MOVES IN - 1960s to 1980s

    PAGES 12 & 13. ROYANS - A HISTORICAL TIMELINE

    PAGE 14. EXPANDING BRANCHES - WAGGA WAGGA & DUBBO

    PAGE 16. EXPANDING BRANCHES - MELBOURNE

    PAGE 18. EXPANDING BRANCHES - BRISBANE & NEWCASTLE

    PAGE 20. THE ROYAN GROUP TODAY

    PAGE 22. ROYANS - THE ROAD AHEAD

    > DON ANDREWS (L) AND RON ROYAN

  • Bede learned his trade as an apprentice mechanic at Littlejohns, a family-run garage in Lidcombe. He moved to Cooma in 1937 to work for a Ford distributor, where he eventually became foreman. In 1941 he moved back to Sydney with wife Wyn and children Ron, Patti and Betty. At that time Australias war involvement escalated and demand for people to work in munitions production rose dramatically, and Bede took a job at Howard Auto Cultivators which was manufacturing armaments under government contract. It was during his time in this job that Bede began to repair cars in his spare time.

    Most working vehicles had been commandeered by the army during WWII, so after the war there was big demand for repairs for the few vehicles in circulation. Bede fixed a car for a local family who owned a wood and coal yard on Victoria Rd, Parramatta and they offered to rent half their shed to him

    so he could expand. A friend recommended Bede employ a talented panel-beater and spray-painter, Arnold May, who had just left the Army and joined Bede to help with the growing demand. Arnold stayed with Royans the rest of his working life. I remember he worked on General Douglas MacArthurs Packard car at one stage, Ron says. Tools were scarce and even small jobs took hours, with everything done by hand. >

    > DON ANDREWS (L) AND RON ROYAN IN FRONT OF

    THE ORIGINAL SHED ON VICTORIA RD, PARRAMATTA

    BEGINNINGS UP TO 1960

    AFTER THE WAR THERE WAS

    BIG DEMAND FOR REPAIRS

    FOR THE FEW VEHICLES IN CIRCULATION

    > BEDE ROYAN BEGAN REPAIRING CARS

    IN SYDNEYS PARRAMATTA DURING WORLD WAR II

    The foundations of the Royan Group were laid when the late Bede Royan began repairing cars in Sydneys Parramatta during World War II, after finishing his shifts at a nearby munitions factory.

    celebrating 70 years of service to the transport industrypage 4

    > BEDE ROYAN BEGAN REPAIRING CARS

    IN SYDNEYS PARRAMATTA DURING WORLD WAR II

    > ARNOLD MAY WORKED ON

    GENERAL DOUGLAS MACARTHURS PACKARD CAR

    ADTRANS HINO CONGRATULATES ROYANS ON 70 YEARS IN BUSINESS

    With three locations across Sydney and the Central Coast, Adtrans Hino is conveniently locatedfor all your Hino sales, parts and service needs. Our one-stop shop dealerships have a large range of new and used trucks, the latest genuine Hino parts and accessories and feature state-of-the-art service technology to get you back on the road quickly. Call us today or visit one of our dealerships to speak with our experienced and friendly team.

    HINO - SALES, PARTS & SERVICE

    NARELLAN (02) 4648 8800 MASCOT (02) 9598 9444 GOSFORD (02) 4323 3879www.adtranshino.com.au

  • ADTRANS HINO CONGRATULATES ROYANS ON 70 YEARS IN BUSINESS

    With three locations across Sydney and the Central Coast, Adtrans Hino is conveniently locatedfor all your Hino sales, parts and service needs. Our one-stop shop dealerships have a large range of new and used trucks, the latest genuine Hino parts and accessories and feature state-of-the-art service technology to get you back on the road quickly. Call us today or visit one of our dealerships to speak with our experienced and friendly team.

    HINO - SALES, PARTS & SERVICE

    NARELLAN (02) 4648 8800 MASCOT (02) 9598 9444 GOSFORD (02) 4323 3879www.adtranshino.com.au

  • The business grew quickly after the war and by 1948 Bede had employed another two tradesmen and his son Ron had begun work as an apprentice. A couple of years later, Bede bought the companys first tow wagon and 17-year old Ron was its first driver. The first insurance repairs started coming in, mostly cars, and the business grew. By 1955 they had outgrown the old shed and Royans bought out the site and expanded the building as they took on more work.

    In 1957, Bede and Winnies daughter Patti (Rons sister) married Don Andrews, who had a bread delivery business. Don helped the Royan familys repair business after hours with odd-jobs and bookwork, and by 1960 he became a fulltime employee. Bede slowly cut his hours down and moved into retirement and Ron and Don took over the running of the business. R

    THE FIRST INSURANCE REPAIRS

    STARTED COMING IN, MOSTLY CARS,

    AND THE BUSINESS GREW

    BEGINNINGS UP TO 1960

    celebrating 70 years of service to the transport industrypage 6

    > THE COMPANYS FIRST TOW WAGON (LEFT)

    > BEDE ROYAN AT WORK

  • Congratulations to the Royan Group on 70 years in business

    Trailer Sales is an authorised distributor for Australias leading transport equipment manufacturers and suppliers including:

    Freighter Maxi-CUBE Hamelex White Pro Parts

    With over 30 years of industry experience, we know how to take care of our customers.

    Brisbane: (07) 3277 5511 Townsville: (07) 4774 5677www.trailersales.com.au

    07 3420 8888 www.austruckin.com.au

    Australian Truck Insurance Specialists

    congratulates the Royans Group

    on 70 years of outstanding service

    to the Transport Industry

    Austruck Insurance Pty Ltd, is an Authorised Representative No. 334885, of Austruck Holdings Pty Ltd, ABN 33 133 273 631, (Austruck Holdings). We act under a binding agreement and are authorised by The Hollard Insurance Company Pty Ltd. ATI0630

    Proudly supporting the Royan Group to keep Australias transport on the move!

    Lot 1 Pacific Highway, Boambee, Coffs Harbour NSW (DLN 13120)

    Ph (02) 6652 7218 (24 hours - 7 days)Fax (02) 6652 8304 Email kjtrucks@kjtrucks.com.au

    K&J Trucks stock a wide range of Scania and Fuso, new and used trucks and buses from 2.0 T through to 730 Horse Power. K&J Trucks parts department stocks a wide variety of truck & trailer parts to suit most commercial vehicles. Specializing in Japanese and European vehicles, our stock consists of, genuine Scania truck & marine, Mitsubishi-Fuso truck and bus, Donaldson Filtration, Sx Trailers, Exxel, Narva, Hella, Krueger, Truckline, ISRI, Chrome Ends Exhaust, Britax, Castrol and Air Brake Systems and if our team doesnt have it, well get it to keep your vehicle on the road!

  • They hired Pat Ferris, a mechanic with strong experience in truck repairs, who set out to train the rest of the team. The first of the new trucks we repaired cost us $32,000 to fix - as much as our turnover for a whole year, Ron says. But the team at Royans worked hard to get trucks fixed quickly and thoroughly. Repairs at Royans usually took a few weeks, at a time when their competitors would sometimes take six months to a year to fix a truck. So their reputation grew and the business flourished. The roads were pretty bad in those days, Ron says, which generated a lot of business.

    Royans began to outgrow the Victoria Rd site which had by now expanded to include a spare parts and accessories store, so Don and Ron bought a property (nicknamed the igloo building) on Parramatta Road, Granv