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Brown+Krippner Merges With Hanlons Consulting

I am pleased to share with you that Hanlons Consulting has officially entered into a merger agreement with Brown and Krippner, a leading regional provider of surveying, engineering, and town planning services.

This merger comes as Brown and Krippner's director, Andrew Swane, has retired and their firm will now become a part of the Hanlon family as of April 2023. We're thrilled to have them join us and can't wait to add their experience and expertise to our team.

This merger will also allow us to continue to build better regional communities. Brown and Krippner brings over 100 years of experience which will be an asset for our clients with more knowledge and expertise now at your disposal. This includes providing our projects with greater efficiencies, resources and continued quality service.

Hanlons have been committed to recruiting and growing the next generation of regional development professionals, and I am confident that this merger will provide us with the resources to recruit and grow new talent to meet the demand of future projects.

As with any major business decision like a merger, we will work closely with you over the coming months to ensure the integration process is seamless and thank you in advance for your patience during this transition. 

I'm looking forward to sharing new developments that will add value to your projects and to your business and on behalf of the entire Hanlons team we look forward to your continued support.

Mitch Hanlon - Managing Director Hanlons Consulting


A Brief History of Brown+Krippner

The company Brown & Krippner is almost synonymous with surveying in Tamworth and district. The private surveying, and now also planning, practice dates back to 1923 when Mr Russell Edward Brown commenced his business. That business was expanded over the years with various partners until the present company name was established in 1960 when John Yeoman Krippner joined Mr Brown in partnership.

As well as Messrs. Brown & Krippner, partners over the years have included: William Norman Hayes, John Storey Hawkins, Glendon Keith Rixon, Peter John Sheedy, Graeme Everingham, Gordon Alexander Monro, Ralph Gordon Kidson and John Michael Worldon.

Of course there have been many other surveyors who have practised in Tamworth since the early days of settlement. These included the notables Linton C. Palmer, Edward B. Henderson and Messrs Wright, Wallis and Dowe. Surveyor Palmer carried out all work for the Peel River Land and Mineral Company, formed in 1853 once gold had been discovered on the Peel River estates of the Australian Agricultural Company. Records from these surveys are still retained by Brown and Krippner.

The firm has always strongly supported the profession of surveying, as evidenced by the fact that Mr Brown was a foundation member of the Institution of Surveyors. Mr Krippner was elevated to the prestigious position of Fellow of that institution as well as Mr Ralph Kidson having been actively involved in matters of the Institution of Surveyors, the Association of Consulting Surveyors and the Board of Surveyors.

Ralph Kidson who joined the firm as a partner in 1973 specialised in Strata Title matters, but also attended to Identification, Surveys, and Planning along with general surveying issues.

John Worldon joined the firm in 1985 and specialised in engineering design, town planning and development matters.

Brown and Krippner enjoyed a stable workforce over the years. For example, the senior field assistant, Mr James Farrell, had been with B rown and Krippner since 1955.

Many early surveyors were explorers, and the early days of Brown and Kripper saw no exceptions. Living in tents, clearing lines with axes and cross cut saws, having no showers and only a camp stretcher to sleep on was a common experience. Messrs Brown and Krippner endured such conditions during their subdivision of Pilliga and Western District Lands. Transportation was often by pack horse and a four wheel drive vehicle was only purchased by the firm in 1959.


Hanlons Story

Hanlons Consulting is a regional firm providing surveying, engineering and environmental services throughout regional Australia. Founded in 2003, Hanlons has expanded and diversified, servicing urban development, agricultural, transport and infrastructure sectors. From their home base in Tamworth, the employment of their expertise throughout regional NSW has seen Hanlons expand operations, setting up office in Orange to increase their presence and further serve the mid-western and southern parts of NSW.

They provide their clients with regional boots and local experience on the ground, ensuring the right people are on the job to solve the complex problems and ensure successful completion of all projects. Hanlons keep the machines running, turning up and getting the work done with no delays. 

Hanlons’ expertise is supported by an ever growing, regionally based and focused team, with qualifications in a range of disciplines including surveying, engineering and environmental science. To ensure they always remain relevant to major projects, multskilling within their firm is essential and they continue to seek to validate their industry knowledge with relevant qualifications. Hanlons are also focused on supporting the future generation of surveyors and engineers through their cadetship programs, providing those new to the field with a guided introduction to the industry. 

The Hanlons team are passionate about regional Australia and endeavour to do great things for their rural and regional areas. Their firm is committed to contributing to the improvement of regional infrastructure in Australia and creating positive transformations in their own communities. The work they undertake at Hanlons is critical to themselves, their family and their friends. They feel the direct impact of the projects they work on, making the transformation of regional economies and growth of regional areas a key driver of the services they provide. 

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