Parking at Barnes Auto Co went to a mezzanine floor accessed by a self-activating turntable which rotated the car in the right direction. Later, this level became a mechanical and motor body repair shop with 11 mechanics, with fuel sales amongst the highest in Queensland and with up to seven tow trucks in the towing and recovery fleet.
In 1946, parking was expanded to another Adelaide Street site near the corner of Wharf and in around 1956, the Church asked White to purchase the premises for £65,000. He declined, so the business was on the move. Prudential Insurance moved onto the landmark site.
The towing and impound depot went to Boundary Road, Spring Hill, and the parking garage and service station went to the Adelaide Street and Wharf Street site, then known as the Astra Auto Co. The business moved in 1977 to Ipswich Road, Rocklea, to purpose-built premises with tow trucks, cranes and travel towers. In 1984-85, Barnes Auto Co was moved to Melbourne Street West End and later (under new ownership) near the corner of Montague and Mollison Streets.
In 1987, the White family sold the business to the present owners, Mr S Wane and Mr J Dent. It was back to Rocklea, where it is now, along with depots at Virginia and Toowoomba.
" We never sleep"
John Oxley Library, QLD Sate Archives, QLD Main Roads Library
Luton White (deceased), Mr Leo White, Zita Denholm
The Courier Mail (The Truth newspaper) past employees including Cess Stafford and others.
Historical recordings are limited to a few mentioned in the Post Office Directorate, QLD Company's Business and Firms Register. Additional records on the history of the Company are maintained at the QLD Main Road's Central Library.