The end of an era

Southern Riverina news - - NEWS - Judy Ryan

Jer­ilderie saw the end of an era last week with the clos­ing of MS Ryan & Son af­ter 70 years of ser­vice to Jer­ilderie lo­cals and pass­ing mo­torists.

Mau­rie and Shirley Ryan be­gan the busi­ness, known as M Ryan and Co, in Oc­to­ber 1945, on the block op­po­site its cur­rent lo­ca­tion, where Ron Neivandt later had his black­smith busi­ness.

The busi­ness moved across the road in 1965.

In the early days, as well as selling fuel and pro­vid­ing me­chan­i­cal re­pairs, cars and trucks were also sold.

Mau­rie and Shirley were joined by one of their sons, Martin, when he was 15 years old.

He was made a part­ner in 1982 and the name changed to MS Ryan & Son.

Martin has been with the fam­ily busi­ness for 52 years.

He and his wife Deb­bie took over the busi­ness in 1988 and con­tin­ued to of­fer per­son­alised ser­vice to ev­ery­one who stopped at the bowsers.

It was a place to pop into for a chat, or to wait out of the cold or heat while a ve­hi­cle ser­vice was be­ing fi­nalised.

It may well be one of the last places in Aus­tralia where your fuel tank was filled for you.

Marty and Deb­bie re­ceived a rea­son­able of­fer for the busi­ness and are now look­ing for­ward to hav­ing more time for fam­ily, and per­haps a bit of trav­el­ling in the van. We wish them well. The busi­ness will re-open soon, when the new owner or­gan­ises some planned re­fur­bish­ments.

I’d like to thank Deb­bie and Martin's daugh­ter Haylie, now a mar­ried adult, who did a Year 7 as­sign­ment at high school.

Deb­bie turned up with the hand­writ­ten work which had all the dates and in­for­ma­tion of the busi­ness.

Jer­ilderie Hos­pi­tal Aux­il­iary’s an­nual gen­eral meet­ing will be at 2pm on Thurs­day, July 23 in the Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

The AGM of Red Cross will be held on Thurs­day, July 30, at 2pm in the Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

Please note the change of meet­ing day.

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