While it’s widely known and referred to today as WSB Distributors, the business underwent several name changes into the 1960s.

In 1966 the business changed to Walker & Stanway but soon after, to acknowledge the involvement of Blyth-based Massey Ferguson dealers John and Elva Beckman, it became Walker Stanway and Beckman.

The trading name WSB Distributors was introduced in 1968.


Through the 70s and 80s, WSB Distributors consolidated its position as a leading machinery and vehicle dealer by adding Kubota and Silvan franchises as well as Subaru, Renault, Peugeot, and later Toyota.

With the rapid growth of the wine grape industry in the Clare Valley during this time, WSB Distributors also became a major supplier of viticulture equipment.


John and Joyce Walker retired from the business they founded on June 30, 1985, selling their share in the business to Brian and Raelene’s second son Robert, who today remains a strong part of the business today.

Today, Robert remains as company director, accountant and economist, playing an integral part in the success of business.

In 1993, as Brian Stanway retired due to ill-health, long-time employee and sales manager Trevor Fairchild stepped up to the role of company manager.

It was at this time that Brian and Raelene’s youngest son Phil, came home to work in the family business as managing director & sales manager.