Denning (bus manufacturer)

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IndustryBus manufacturing
Fatemerged with Austral to form
SuccessorAustral Denning
FounderAlan B Denning
Number of locations
ParentLeyland Australia

Denning was an Australian bus and coach manufacturer in Acacia Ridge, Brisbane.


Denning commenced bodying buses in Brisbane in 1958. Denning's first integral bus (both chassis and body), the Monocoach, was launched in 1966. Along with the later Denair and Landseer it would become the dominant long distance coach in Australia.

In 1968, Denning was sold to Leyland Australia. Between 1968 and 1970 it bodied 136 Leyland Panthers for the Brisbane City Council.[1]

In 1970, a plant was opened in Beverley, South Australia to body 292 AEC Swift 691s for the Municipal Tramways Trust, Adelaide.[2] Some Monocoaches were also built here before the plant closed in August 1974. In 1979, Denning coaches began to be assembled under licence in New Zealand by the Mount Cook Group.[3]

In December 1988, Leyland Australia (by now renamed JRA Limited) purchased Denning's biggest competitor in the coach market, Austral from AP Group.[4][5] Both continued to operate separately until 1990 when the Denning plant in Acacia Ridge was closed and production transferred to the Austral facility in Geebung.[6]


  1. ^ Leyland Panther PSUR1-1 Denning Brisbane Transport Buses
  2. ^ McNichol, Steve (1982). Bus and Coach Pictorial: SA. Elizabeth: Railmac Publications. p. 5. ISBN 0 949817 15 5.
  3. ^ Leylands built down under Commercial Motor 9 December 1977
  4. ^ "JRA acquires Austral" Fleetline February 1989 page 22
  5. ^ "Industry News" Australian Bus Panorama 4/5 March 1989 page 10
  6. ^ "Bodybuilder News" Fleetline September 1991 page 151