Inducted into the Shell Rimula Wall of Fame at ReUnion 2012.
Brian Brewer grew up in Darlington, Victoria. As a young lad he had a passion for trucks and would often go off on trucking adventures with family friend, Sammy Beaumont, in his Ford F750 and an F600 hauling a thirty foot stock crate.
By the time he was 21 Brian was working as a farmhand at Stoney Point. It was here he got his truck licence to cart wool, grain and other farm supplies in a five ton International tray top. Some years later Brian moved to Bordertown, SA to take a job with Crawford Earthmoving driving dozers, scrapers and tip trucks. During this time he worked on road construction and scrub clearing in the Port Lincoln area.
After moving to Naracoorte in 1982 Brian started with RD & RA Curran moving furniture all over Australia in a MAN twin steer with the gear stick on the column. He went on to cart general running Melbourne to Adelaide and Naracoorte. It was a job he loved. In 1989 the Currans sold out and Brian and wife Carol decided to purchase a 112M Scania and tautliner and go into business for themselves.
He carted timber for Scotts and just about anything he could get out of Melbourne to Adelaide and took general back to Naracoorte. He also carted loads of wool for local farmers before becoming a full time subbie with Kalari to cart paper from Millicent to Melbourne. He backloaded with powder to Adelaide and general freight to Naracoorte.
Over the years Brian owned and operated three Scanias, a Transtar, a Freightliner Argosy and two sets of B-Double trailers.
Brian Brewer passed away in an accident on 23 April 2006 at the age of 59 following 39 years of dedicated service to the transport industry. At the time, he was the longest serving sub-contractor at Kalari having given 15 years of service.
Everyone was called Cobber by Brian whether he knew the person or not. He always found the time to talk or to offer a few friendly words of advice to newcomers to the industry. Brian was a true character of the road and is sadly missed by all who knew him.