THE RHYS EVANS STORY.
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.