And talking of companies that are no longer with us, whatever happened to Brambles? And why was Brambles Manford different to just Brambles? or were they the same?
Brambles reminds me of an old forum member called Greenie, he worked for Brambles for years I believe, he wrote a lot of bloody ripper stories about just what they did and didn't do, and put them up here on the forum. they were so good I used to send them to my mum, and even she loved them.
Wonder if he or his stories are still around- anyone know?
I second your comments on Greenie and Chocs, Both good yarn tellers.
Frank Manford was a highly regarded transport company in Western Australia, They sold to Brambles and continued as Brambles Manford for years. Some of the Manford family continued with the company in management positions. There were about 20 branches in WA. I worked in the Fremantle depot for quite a few years - we did wharf, freezer, chiller and general cartage. There was about 120 drivers, both company and subbies. Distances were generally day trips, but they could be very long days……
When you went bush you were given a “Letter of Authority” to purchase fuel, oils , food, or whatever was needed for your journey. These Letters were accepted at virtually any business in WA , and were always paid on the receipt of the invoice from the supplier.
How many companies are trusted like that today?
Cheers from Neil
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Brambles we’re tied up with Kennelly’s in the very late 60s ( Kennelly’s now there’s a company not many would have heard of ) in Bougainville. I was in Bougainville with Kennelly’s in their workshop 67 - 69, while I was there it was only Kennelly’s and I didn’t realise Brambles involvement until equipment started returning to Adelaide early 70s with Brambles Kennelly’s signage on the door. I believe Honest John still had full ownership in Australia until his demise in 73-74. Fairly sure the government shut him down, I then purchased my first Mack directly off him. Fortunately myself and a few others got the deal of a lifetime, he told me to pick a truck and trailer, no deposit and monthly payments direct to him, being in the workshop at the time I knew which units to select. 237 6 speed maxidyne and fruehauf trailer.
Kennelly (Honest John) Was big pre 70s with depots in all states, I’m surprised how I can’t find anything related even on this forum.
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