New Workshop Baylis Brothers

The New Workshop

A new workshop was completed at Puketitiri Road in December 2005.

Pukititri Road Workshop

Puketitiri Road Workshops

Russell and his wife, Lynette, purchased a farm in Puketitiri Road and in 1996 moved the company to these premises. This yard has slowly been renovated over the years and now has a modern new workshop and storage space.

Baylis Brothers Limited History 40 Year Celebration

First 40 Year Celebration

There was a small celebration in 1986 to mark the company’s first 40 years.

Baylis Brothers Extension in the 70s

Workshop Extension

During the 1970’s some additions were added to the front of the workshop. This expanded the office and stores area.

Shell BP Todd vehicles at Baylis Bros Yard

Shell BP Todd Oil Exploration

During the late 1950’s, Shell BP Todd, an oil exploration company, conducted a large seismic survey in central Hawkes Bay. They used Baylis Bros yard as a depot for the duration of this job.

Baylis Brothers Limited History

Teaching the Boys

Dick (foreground) teaching the “boys” how to drill. Sometimes safety equipment was not taken too seriously back then.

Greenmeadows Baylis Brothers Limited History


In 1954, Dick purchased some land and built a workshop in Gloucester Street, Greenmeadows. The company continued to operate from these premises until 1996 when it moved to Puketitiri Road.

Baylis Brothers Wool Shed

Kennedy Road

The company operated out of Frank Senior’s wool scouring property in Kennedy Road until 1954. This property was opposite Anderson Park.

Dick And Albei Drilling

Dick and Albei

In 1948, Dick moved to New Plymouth for a short while, to work as a roughneck for Dobson Bros – the New Zealand Oil and Petroleum Company. This gave Dick work experience and knowledge in oil drilling and petroleum production. Albie (left) and Dick at work on “Eddie”

Keystone Drilling Rig

Keystone Drilling Rig

Baylis Bros purchased a Keystone drilling rig in the late 1940’s, unfortunately not a lot is known about this rig.