“Commercial Bus Body Builders of New Zealand Part 1: Austral to Hawke” by Sean Millar. ISBN 978-1-927329-24-5.
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48 pages printed in full colour throughout. A4 format, staple bound.
This book (Part 1) and its companion volume (Part 2) are about New Zealand’s commercial bus body builders i.e. businesses who build buses for others. For our publications about other types of NZ bus builder see Operator Bus Builders of NZ and Bus Chassis Builders of NZ.
Commercial bus body building is a largely unsung but highly successful century-old industry, which these books set out to celebrate. All of New Zealand’s most important commercial builders, plus a selection of smaller ones, are featured. Builders with names commencing with the letters “A” to “H” are covered in this Part (see list below), while those with names beginning with letters “J” to “W” can be found in Part 2.
Combined, the two parts represent an unprecedented visual feast of 350 NZ bus photographs, many previously unpublished!
Austral Specialised Vehicles (Wellington)
J Bath & Sons (Invercargill)
Cavanagh & Co (Auckland)
Coachwork Auckland (Auckland)
Coachwork Central (Palmerston North)
Coachwork International (Palmerston North, Auckland)
Crawley Ridley & Co (Wellington(
Designline Engineering (Ashburton, Rolleston)
DSC & Cousins (Auckland)
Eaddy & Taylor (Auckland)
Emslie Consolidated (Dunedin)
Fairfax Industries (Auckland)
Ferguson Motor Bodies (Timaru)
Global Bus Ventures (Rolleston)
Hawke Bros / Hawke Coachwork (Auckland)
Albion Motor Bodies (Auckland)
Bate & Bell (Napier)
Benton’s Motor Bodies (Whangarei)
Boon & Co (Christchurch)
Boon Sullivan Luke (Whakatane)
H Brabner & Sons (Christchurch)
E K Bradley (Dargaville)
Roy Chapman & Son (Nelson)
Clipper Motor Bodies (Dannevirke)
R J Cooke (Motueka)
Gibson & Buck (Hamilton)
Gilmour Joll & Williams (Auckland)
Glen Eden Motor Bodies (Auckland)
G N Hale & Son (Petone, Wellington)
G Hunton (Christchurch)