Dyson’s Moving with the Times by Wendy Lowry.
As part of the Whittlesea Cultural Heritage Program in October 2017, Dyson’s Bus Company allowed a rare opportunity to go behind the scenes and learn more about this iconic local, Australian family owned and operated business.
The family business started out in Melbourne’s north in 1952, beginning in Reservoir and East Preston. The Head office is now located in McKimmies Road Bundoora. Over their 66 years in business, Dyson’s have developed a reputation for delivering friendly and reliable service and for being a strong and active member of the local communities they serve.
Today Dyson’s operates a fleet of approximately 430 vehicles out of seven locations throughout Victoria, 230 vehicles operate out of the Bundoora depot alone which is open 24/7. Their buses travel approximately 2,300,000 kms. per month and use around 900,000 litres of diesel per month.
The vehicles undergo a safety inspection every 10,000 kms or 3 months and must have a road worthy Inspection every year. Their attention to fleet presentation was demonstrated when the tour went through the gigantic bus wash and detailing shed.
Last year, the Senior Director Mr Collins Dyson was awarded with a Medal of the Order of Australia as part of the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours for recognition of his community involvement and work in the transport industry.
Mr Collins Dyson is also a long time member of our Historical Society.