Kefford Corporation

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Kefford Corporation
Foundedearly 1850s
Service areaMelbourne
Ballarat
Geelong
Service typeTruck, bus & coach operator
DepotsAltona
Ballarat
Geelong
Oakleigh
Sunshine
Werribee
Websitewww.kefford.com.au

The Kefford Corporation was a transport company which operated in Victoria from the early 1850s until 2009. It was acquired in November 2008 by ComfortDelGro Cabcharge.[1]

History[edit]

The Kefford Corporation was started in the early 1850s when Richard Papworth Kefford began operating horse-drawn lorries in Collingwood. The business later began operating trucks but sold that side of its business in 1976.[2]

In January 1976 Kefford Corporation became a public transport operator, with the purchase of Point Cook - Werribee Passenger Service, Werribee. In the 1980s and 1990s a number of other bus operations were purchased:[3]

In the 1990s, the Point Cook - Werribee, Bono and Sitch services were rebranded as Westrans, and the former Sinclair services as Eastrans.

In November 2008, ComfortDelGro Cabcharge acquired Kefford Corporation for A$149 million.[1] At the time Kefford was the fourth-largest bus operator in Victoria, with a fleet of 328 buses and six depots, and with a 16% market share.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Smith, Chris (20 December 2008). "Kefford Group Finds a Buyer". Australasian Bus and Coach. Bauer Trader Media. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  2. ^ Kefford Corporation Tiltaway
  3. ^ Melbourne Metropolitan Bus Operators and Fleet Listings. Melbourne: Bus & Coach Society of Victoria. 1991. pp. 31–34.
  4. ^ "Victorian Buses in the Eighties" Australian Bus Panorama 6/1 July 1990 page 13
  5. ^ "Victorian Buses in the Eighties" Australian Bus Panorama 6/8 May 1991 page 14
  6. ^ a b "Victorian Buses in the Eighties" Australian Bus Panorama 7/1 August 1991 page 3
  7. ^ "Kefford Group Fleets" Australian Bus Panorama 7/1 August 1991 page 35
  8. ^ Major bus buys for Kefford & Hill Australasian Bus & Coach
  9. ^ "Kefford Expands" Australian Bus Panorama 15/4 February 2000 page 22