More than 60 years ago, Tom Brain set up a building supplies business that still runs in Shepparton today. He tells Rob McLean about his long involvement in the local area.November 21, 2012 2:56pm
Tom Brain set up Brain’s Building Supplies more than 60 years ago, and if he could the 81-year-old would still be working there today.
"I would love it," he said.
An innate competitive nature took Tom into the business; it made him one of Shepparton’s best golfers; and it took him to within centimetres of winning the epitome of harness racing, the Inter-Dominion. The glint that is common in the eyes of a competitor is still evident in Tom’s eyes today.
Tom completed an apprenticeship in carpentry and joinery with Keith Gale, sensing immediately that if he was to be working eight hours a day he wanted it to be "productive".
That "productive" purpose became Brain’s Building Supplies. The retail business, originally set up in Shepparton’s Mariem St, was directed at the home builder and tradesman and at one stage employed about 30 people.
Reflecting on his advertisements of 45 years ago for the business, which was then in Benalla Rd, Tom said his then weekly "building special" was appreciated by tradesmen and home builders.
Demonstrating that innovation and creativity can apply to any industry, Tom designed and bulk-manufactured "Brain-Bilt" windows- which enabled builders to order house-lots of windows simply by listing the numbers associated with the types of windows they needed.
The machinations of a family business and succession has seen what was Brain’s Building Supplies become Brain’s Roofing Supplies, and Tom senior is no longer directly involved.
Tom, who puts great store in social connection, spends some of his spare time selling and delivering fresh fruit and vegetables to individuals and business-people throughout the Goulburn Valley.
Tatura's long drought is finally broken with victory against Karramomus
Some of Australia’s best kayakers were in Yarrawonga on Sunday at the annual Yarrawonga-Mulwala Canoe Club’s Murray River Classic kayak race.
Volunteers at St Vincent de Paul in Tatura continue to be dismayed at the amount of unsuitable items dumped at the centre in Francis St.
When the wall is in sight, swimmer Nash Ramage finds that little bit extra.
Vandals have uprooted trees along the Campaspe River, leaving Rochester River Reserve Committee president Paul Poort furious and devastated.
Bianca Chatfield to speak at Kyabram Sportstar of the Year
Alan McLean looks back at Seymour's history of larrikings, louts and bushfires.
New tourism venture, Old Woperana Working Farm and Animal Nursery, is now open to the public.
Warm weather during the Christmas/New Year period saw large crowds enjoy facilities at the region’s major water storages.
Cobram bowler Chris Taylor has been bowling all along Australia’s east coast, and all for a good cause.
The Free family were overwhelmed when stolen fishing equipment was returned to them on Monday night.
SPC Ardmona’s managing director Peter Kelly will end his association with the company when his two-year commitment to the job expires at the end of March.
Salvation Army Benalla Majors Heather and Peter Ellis have relocated to Melbourne.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.