"Enterprise before population" was the motto of George Colman's father, who owned Canberra's first department store, JB Young.
Young's grew with the population of Canberra and George learned the business from the ground up (shovelling lime at the new Kingston store), starting in the firm at the age of 14 while studying accountancy at night.
George served in the AIF during World War 2, returning in 1945 following the tragic death of his mother and daughter.
Post-war expansion saw new JB Young stores openin Canberra as well as in rural NSW and Victoria.
George was active on the Council of the ANU, in the Salvation Army, Legacy, Scouts and Rotary as well as business and arts organisations.