Stylemaster Panels Achieves at Business Awards

At the recent 2010 Family Business of the Year Awards, Stylemaster Panels was announced as a finalist in the 2nd Generation category. These are the only awards in Australia that recognise family businesses.

Three generations of Stewarts are involved in building the service and reputation of Stylemaster Panels.

The company was founded by Keith and Mary Stewart with humble beginnings, commencing operations in 1959 on Burwood Road, Hawthorn. The workshop was located at the rear of the family residence. As he was growing up, son Philip would do what he could to help in the workshop. He joined the business in 1967 when he commenced his apprenticeship as a panel beater. The business moved to Murphy Street, Richmond in 1972.

More than fifty years later, the successful business still operates with the belief “…you fix it once and you fix it right”.

Through consistent quality work, Stylemaster Panels is reputed for its work specialising in prestige motor vehicles.

Stylemaster Panels 50th Anniversary

On September 21st, 2009 we proudly celebrated our 50th Anniversary and the official opening of our newly renovated facility at 81-85 Murphy Street, Richmond.  Mr. David Purchase (VACC) and Mr. Geoff Bedford (Australian Accident Repair Network) opened the site with the unveiling of a 50th Anniversary Plaque.

The function was held on site and over 200 people attended.  There was a mixture of past employees (as far back as 1961), family members, my mother Mary Stewart (Co-Founder) as well as friends, business associates and clients.

Our guest for the evening was "Con the Fruiterer" who has been a client of Stylemaster Panels for some 40 years.

There was a range of memorabilia on display - old tools, newspaper ads, a collection of newspapers from 1959, 1969, 1979, 1989, 1999 and 2009 all dated the 21st of September as well as several cars:

1959       Porsche 356SC
1969       Volvo P1800       "The Saint"
1979       BMW 3 Series
1989       BMW M3
1999       BMW Z8
2009       Holden Ute

The night was a great success and the facility both looks and works fantastic!  

We look forward to the next 50 years of service to our loyal clients.

Philip Stewart           

Download the 50th anniversary advertorial here