Austral (bus manufacturer)
|Fate||merged with Denning to form|
Austral was originally formed as Athol Hedges. It was later renamed Domino Hedges, then Domino before becoming Austral in 1982 when purchased by the Australian Manufacturing Group. It originally bodied buses diversifying into integral buses and coaches (body and chassis) in the 1970s.
In December 1988 Austral was sold to JRA Limited who also owned Denning, Austral's largest rival in the coach market. Both continued to operate separately until 1990 when the Denning plant in Acacia Ridge was closed and production transferred to the Austral factory.
From 1992 the combined business was rebranded as Austral Denning. In July 1996, along with JRA's other bus bodybuilding operations, it was sold to the Clifford Corporation and rebranded Austral Pacific. This resulted in Ansair Orana Volvo B10BLE buses being bodied at Geebung for Brisbane Transport. Following the collapse of Clifford Corporation the plant closed in November 1998.
- "Victorian Buses in the Eighties" Australian Bus Panorama 6/2 September 1990 page 11
- "JRA acquires Austral" Fleetline February 1989 page 22
- "Industry News" Australian Bus Panorama 4/5 March 1989 page 10
- "Bodybuilder News" Fleetline September 1991 page 151
- "The Austral Pacific Collapse" Australian Bus Panorama 14/5 April 1999 page 17