The Australian Road Transport Industry is mourning the loss of Alan Brown OAM.
Alan was a Joint Founder of The Brown and Hurley Group and he passed away at the Hope Island Arcare nursing home after a short illness. He was aged 94.
Alan was not only an Australian transport industry icon but also a legend of Kyogle, the birthplace of Brown and Hurley.
At the age of 14, Alan Started off his career at Balmain Bros, Cooma where he began his apprenticeship.
In 1942 Alan joined the Army as a mechanical instructor, and he also married his sweetheart Lil, and together they went on to have five children, four girls and one boy. His beloved wife Lil passed away in late 2013.
Joining the army is where his life-long friendship and partnership began with Jack Hurley.
One of both Alan and Jack’s greatest attributes was their ability to get on with people making them not only great business partners but great mates as well.
As their Army duty came to an end in 1946, both Alan and Jack decided to go into business together. This lead to the opening of the Brown and Hurley business; which over the last 70 years has developed into today’s Brown and Hurley Group, The Big Truck People.
Opening their first business premises in Kyogle in a small garage, the company has now grown to 9 branches located throughout Northern New South Wales and Queensland.
Rob Brown, Alan’s son and Joint Managing Director of the Brown and Hurley Group recalls,
“Alan was very gifted mechanically; he could fix pretty much anything and took great pride in making things, like furniture and even solar heating systems.”
“As the Brown and Hurley business has grown over the years, Alan would still describe himself as ‘just a motor mechanic’.”
Alan was a very humble man who treated everyone equally, and he assumed everyone would treat him the same.
“One of Alan’s favourite sayings was, ‘I complained I had no shoes until I met a man with no feet’” Rob remembers.
This among many other similar principles has been adopted throughout the Brown and Hurley business including the company’s ethos ‘Principles before Profit’.
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