For 26 years Brian Kenyon was the confidante, personal taxi driver and security chauffer for thousands of students and staff at ANU.
Every night in all those years, Brian’s Bus picked up as many as 23 passengers at a time and dropped them off around campus, and as far away as Fenner Hall.
In October, ANU said goodbye to Brian when he drove the bus one last time. He said his time at ANU ending was bittersweet.
“There comes a time when you need to move on and mine is now. I’ve got many things I want to do in the next 10 years and if I keep putting it off I won’t get around to them.”
In his time at ANU Brian travelled more than 280,000 kilometres, drove for 24,000 hours and safely carried more than 400,000 students to their destination.
“I’ve enjoyed meeting people from all over the world and ensuring they get to their destination safely,” Brian said.
The only time off he had in over 20 years was six weeks in 2007 when he injured himself after falling off a truck.
“My wife took over the route and she was known as ‘the wife of Brian’,” he said.
According to Brian, the best part about his job was providing frank advice to anyone who caught his bus.
“I’ve got a lot of experience and I’ve always been willing to listen and pass on advice,” he said.
Brian recalls that in the early days people would get on the bus and sing.
“There was a lot of chatter going on but more recently people are more consumed by their technology,” he said.
Brian will not be forgotten, with The Brian Kenyon Student Space, located in Union Court.
News of Brian’s departure sparked an extraordinary response by the ANU alumni community when it was posted to the ANU Alumni Facebook page. Read on for some of the memories shared by alumni.
Do you have your own memory of Brian you’d like to share? Email Alumni Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will compile your words of thanks into a book for Brian.
“Absolute legend. Thank you Brian” Paddy Mayoh – LLB (Hons) '12, BAsiaPacStudies '12, GradDipAsiaPacStdies '12, Australia
“Thanks for everything Brian!! No matter what kind of day I was having I always felt better once I hopped onto your bus, especially when I was pregnant! Your warm welcome and patience always made me smile. Wishing you all the very best!” Garmisch P A. Riley – BA (DA) ’06, Australia
“Dear Brian. I must admit that your selfless and helping nature has helped me on various occasions. My student life in Canberra was made very easy, thanks to your tremendous support. I wish you the very best for your future and please, do take care of yourself.” Rohit Sardesai – MVFX ’10, New Zealand
“Thank you Brian for the wonderful late night ride to Fenner. You shall be missed! Sending love and hugs all the way from Malaysia! All the best with everything!“Ahmad Daris Rusli – BE (Hons) ’12, Malaysia
“Well done Brian, thank you for your service to generations of students.”Philip Melville – MMgt ’05, Australia
“Thanks Brian! Thanks for always driving me home to B&G after my night practice from the music school! You will be missed! The best driver in my life! All the best with everything!”Pat Lam – BMusic ’01, Australia
“Thank you Brian for all the nights you've sent me back to Fenner. Life in uni would've been so different without you “Leng Bee Chuah – BComm ’09, Malaysia
“Farewell Brain and thank you! I could do all those late night assignment knowing that you will be there for us at the end of the day. All the best for future.” Ghazaal Habibyar – MIntDevEc(Hons) (2009), Afghanistan
“Thank you Brian!! I miss the time I got on the bus during winter nights, so warm and safe. Thanks for everything. Have a lovely retirement:))” Sophia Fung – BSc ’12, BComm ’12, Hong Kong