Dogged devotion: Cleary Bros museum

By: Steve Brooks

Steve Brooks takes a tour of Cleary Bros museum, where a pair of immaculately restored early 1940s' NR Macks hold pride of place.

Dogged devotion: Cleary Bros museum
A look at Cleary Bros museum, chock full of restored Macks.


Cleary Bros Port Kembla site is home to a fascinating and hugely impressive museum which not only highlights the company’s mechanical heritage but perhaps more emphatically, demonstrates the skill and pride of the tradespeople who have for generations continued to be such an intrinsic and vital part of the Cleary business.

As a placard within the museum states: ‘These machines on display have been restored to fully operational standard in Cleary Bros workshops. The restoration work symbolises the dedication and workmanship skills of the apprentices and staff at Cleary Bros.’

Pride of place goes to a pair of immaculately restored NR Macks – one a 1942 model, the other a 1943 version – loaded with equally superb restorations of early Caterpillar and International machinery.

As Denis Cleary explains, neither of these two Macks actually worked in the Cleary stable but they were bought and restored to portray the trucks operated in the company’s early days.

For more on the Cleary Bros and their Mack stronghold, see the March 2016 edition of Owner//Driver.





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