Allkind Joinery Brisbane – Upholding a Proud Tradition
A fascinating article published by the Chermside & Districts Historical Society, Brooks’ Joinery Works, reveals the tradition of excellence behind Allkind Joinery Brisbane. While Allkind Joinery & Glass is an old company itself, having been founded in 1970, the company’s inspirational roots actually go back to the 1920s, when a man named Leslie Brooks set up shop in his garage in the Beaconsfield Terrace suburb of Brisbane.
Les was no stranger to cabinet making when he extended his garage to do weekend wood turning projects. After serving an apprenticeship at Storey’s Joinery Works and later working his way up the ladder to the position of foreman at a prestige joinery in Fortitude Valley, Les used his humble garage as the starting point for a business of his own. In 1927, his brother Maurice joined him and in 1930, the brothers bought the old Wintergarden Theatre in Kedron. For a time, their cabinet making business did well, but the depression hit and they focused on joinery products to make ends meet.
In 1933, Les and Maurice’s father, William, joined the team and they changed their company name to Brooks’ Joinery Works. At the close of WWII, Brooks’ Joinery received a citation from General MacArthur in recognition to their contribution to the war effort, during which they built rescue barges, bomb scows and even a thousand security boxes to house Gen. MacArthur’s war records.
After the war, William Brooks retired and the brothers dissolved their business partnership, with Maurice taking over the joinery products division while Les formed a successful hardware business with his son, Len. On the side, Les and Len ran a garage. Their mechanic, Roy Harvey, went on to become Lord Mayor of Brisbane.
After Maurice Brooks died in 1963, his wife, Noela, continued to run the joinery until 1968, when she and her five daughters decided to sell. Their managing director, Keith Jesberg, went on to establish Allkind Joinery & Glass in 1970. Keith ran Allkind Joinery for 20 years, finally passing the baton on to its current owners, who continue to follow the tradition of excellence established by Les Brooks over three-quarters of a century ago.
Allkind Joinery Brisbane – Brisbane’s Prestige Joinery
The Historical Society article goes on to outline the history of Allkind Joinery. Significantly, the article points out how this prestige joinery continues the Brooks tradition of community service. While Brooks’ Joinery was awarded a citation for services rendered during WWII, at the 2006 Queensland Training Awards, Allkind Joinery won the award for Employer of the Year because of their ongoing efforts to employ and train apprentices.
Allkind Joinery Brisbane also continues to preserve and improve upon the Brooks’ reputation for quality. Over the years, this prestige joinery has never stopped modernising its plant and equipment. In February 2012, for example, Allkind issued a press release, Timber Joinery Showroom at Allkind Joinery and Glass Nearly Complete. With a full complement of Allkind joinery products, including timber bi-fold doors, stacking sliding doors and even a state-of-the-art display kitchen (complete with electric drawer and LED lighting systems) on display, the showroom allows the public to see some of the most outstanding examples of cabinet making Brisbane has to offer.
Allkind Joinery’s future is certain to be as bright as its past, thanks to a company commitment to apprentice training and continual modernisation. You can be a part of a proud tradition of excellence by choosing Allkind for your home renovation or building project. Contact Allkind today and discuss your future with a senior member of the team.
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