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Jayes Travel Service was an iconic Newcastle business through a large part of the 20th century.
The founders, John and Lottie Jenkins, came to Newcastle in 1928, having migrated from Scotland in 1920. Their first business in Newcastle was in accountancy and collections.
The Depression made business hard to come by, and Lottie started helping Katoomba guest houses find staff to run their operations, trading as Jayes Employment Agency.
John Jenkins had served in World War 1, but signed up again to fight in World War II.
Lottie kept the business going while her husband was away, and when one of her Katoomba guest house clients suggested opening an accommodation booking office (many Hunter people had wartime weddings and rushed honeymoons in the Blue Mountains) the famous travel brand was born.
After the war the family built the fledgling firm, with son Jim joining and later taking ownership – with wife Beryl – in 1956.
One of the mainstays of the business in the postwar period was arranging tours with the Fogg bus company.
In 1965 Jayes became a company and in 1966 it moved from its longtime Scott Street home to new premises in Hunter Street.
Newcastle television station NBN bought 50 per cent of Jayes in 1973 and another 25 per cent in 1979.
Jim Jenkins retired as general manager in 1985, with his son John Jnr taking over.
While the company operated, its name was synonymous with travel in Newcastle.
Photos and information supplied by John Jenkins.