In 1909, Rhys Evans was born in Ballina, Ireland. After receiving his education in Pina Cardiff, he embarked on a journey that led him to Australia in 1927 with his brother Glynn.

Starting as a farm hand in Port Fairy, Rhys eventually established his own farm at Toolong around 1940.

In 1948, he relocated to Port Fairy and became a Herd Tester. In 1950, Rhys got a fortunate break when he was offered a job as a Crown Dahlia Separator Salesman in Colac, after Mr. Fred Hartington’s passing. The company evolved into Alfa Laval in 1951, and Rhys was granted a franchise to sell their products.

With hard work and determination, Rhys purchased a house in Manifold Street for $3,000, bringing his family from Port Fairy to Colac. In 1953, he took over a shop where the Union Club Hotel now stands. The business thrived, and in 1960, Rhys expanded to 27 and 29 Murray Street.

When Lynton Evans joined in 1960, the business embraced bulk milk vats and the Heytesbury Settlement, marking an exciting time for the industry. In 1962, they acquired 247 Murray Street, leading to further growth as Briggs & Stratton, Homelite, and Dairycold Bulk Milk Vat Dealers.

Trailblazing Growth and Innovation

1966 the company became a PTY LTD and obtained the Massey Ferguson franchise. By now, staff numbers had doubled, and the business expanded with a new showroom and offices at 311-315 Murray Street.

1974 the company moved to its Murray St location, marking Rhys Evans’ retirement. Throughout the years, the company continued to prosper, taking over the MF Franchise in Camperdown in 1976 and establishing an MF Franchise in Norlane, Geelong in 1982.

The company faced challenges but successfully overcame them, eventually becoming a major player in the industry. In 2008, after 47 years, the business was sold to the current owners. Rhys Evans state of the art purpose-built facility opened at 425 Princes Highway, Colac West in July 2018.

With a dedicated staff base and visionary leadership, the company is poised for an exciting future as it grows and continues to uphold the legacy of Rhys Evans.

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