The company started in very humble beginnings with Brian Yarrow (left) commencing a five year apprenticeship in Ipswich in 1955. He completed his apprenticeship in 1960 and started work in the building industry.
In 1966 Brian went to Lae in Papua New Guinea while working for Barclay Brothers as a building foreman. He supervised an eighteen month Defence Housing Contract.
From 1968 to 1971 Brian worked as an area supervisor for Watkins Overseas Limited. In this capacity he built Government houses and schools and the Wewak Wharf Shipping Complex in PNG.
In 1971 Brian returned to Australia and started work with National Homes, Queensland working as their building supervisor. He became the area manager for central Queensland responsible for Queensland Housing Commission construction contracts for twelve months.
Image right: Yarrow Building's vehicles line up outside the Acacia Ridge office.
In 1972 Brian became a registered builder with a licence for commercial and residential buildings (Registration number 3530). He started work with Affiliated Developers as a Building Manager building homes and units for three years.
From 1975 to 1980 Brian was a building contractor building houses and units, residential renovations and maintenance.
Image left: Yarrow Building's offices at Coopers Plains.
From 1980 to 1989 Brian worked as a contractor for Queensland Department of Works (now QBuild) building teacher's accommodation and schools in country areas including:
In 1990 Brian returned to Brisbane carrying out small contracts including housing renovations for various architects.
1991-1993 Commenced contract works for Department of Housing, Local Government and Planning. Work included specialist areas such as housing and bathroom renovations for the disabled.
Programmes also included unit renovations under the "Better Cities" programme.
In the mid 1990s Brian's three sons joined him in his business and today they specialise in various arms of the business.