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Farewell to Alan Brown AOM, an industry pioneer

Farewell to Alan Brown AOM, an industry pioneer

The Australian Transport Industry is in mourning following the passing of Alan Brown OAM. Alan was a joint founder of The Brown and Hurley Group. He passed away at the age of 94 at the Hope Island Arcare nursing home following a short illness.

Alan was a road transport industry pioneer and a local legend in the NSW town of Kyogle, the home of Brown and Hurley since the company’s inception in 1946. 

Mark Ackroyd, owner of National Heavy Haulage, said he has the utmost admiration and respect for the industry pioneer who during his 94 years contributed so much to the Australian transport industry.

Time in the army proved pivotal

At the age of 14, Alan started off his career at Balmain Bros, Cooma where he began his apprenticeship before joining the army where his life-long friendship and partnership began with Jack Hurley. It was also during his time in the army that Alan met and married his sweetheart Lil, and together they went on to have a family of five children. Alan’s beloved wife Lil passed away in 2013.

As their Army duty came to an end in 1946, both Alan and Jack decided to go into business together in Kyogle, opening of the Brown and Hurley business; which over the last 70 years has developed into today’s award-winning supplier of Kenworth and DAF trucks with branches throughout New South Wales and Queensland.

Alan’s values live on

Alan’s son and Joint Managing Director of the Brown and Hurley Group recalled that his dad was very mechanically gifted.

“He could fix pretty much anything and took great pride in making things, like furniture and even solar heating systems.”

“One of Alan’s favourite sayings was, ‘I complained I had no shoes until I met a man with no feet’” Rob remembered.

Alan was a very humble man who treated everyone equally, and he assumed everyone would treat him the same.

This principle, along with others of a similar nature, has been adopted throughout the Brown and Hurley business including the company’s ethos of ‘Principles before Profit’.

We are proud to count the Brown and Hurley Group as a supplier for our fleet of heavy transport machinery. If you need to move heavy equipment and machinery around the corner, or around Australia, please contact us.

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