Graeme Muller and John Muller had a nice lunch at the Binna Burra Tea House on Friday 29 July 2022, after a chat ‘down memory lane’ at Groom’s Cottage with Steve Noakes, Chair of the Board of Binna Burra Lodge Ltd.
The Muller family has a long history with Binna Burra, stretching back to not long after WW2.
Graeme Muller (left in the photo) served on the Board of Binna Burra from 1958 to 1962. He started work with the Brisbane firm, R.G. Groom and Co. Chartered Accountants in 1952 as an audit clerk and gradually shifted into their insurance broking business. Due to a number of mergers and a takeover he worked for a number of companies over his working life. He transferred to Perth in 1962 to open our office there and then to Sydney in 1966 when we were taken over by C.T.Bowring & Co., spending all of 1968 gaining knowledge on reinsurance practices, the majority of it in London with his family. He returned to Sydney and worked as a reinsurance broker until Bowrings were taken over by Marsh McLennan in 1981 and he then joined Jardine Thompson Graham and retired in 1993.
His brother John Muller (right in the photo) holds the record as the single longest serving Board member of Binna Burra, for over 40 years from 1962 to 2003.
Their father, Rudolph (Rud) Muller (1889-1968) served on the Board of Binna Burra from 1953 to 1960. Rud was an Associate Member of the Society of Automotive Engineers of America and worked as the production manager at General Motors plant at Newstead. He declined a similar position when General Motors shifted its manufacturing facilities to Dandenong, Victoria in 1932 and set himself up as a motor loss assessor. He worked for the United States army during WW2.
In 1924 Rud Muller accompanied the redoubtable adventurer Francis Birtles on a record breaking drive from Darwin to Adelaide. In 1927 Birtles was the first man to drive a car from England to Australia.