The Deniliquin Truck Show & Industry Expo committee received 11 nominations for the 2017 Deniliquin & District Transport Industry Wall of Fame inductions.
Three nominees were inducted — Neil Scott, Victa Lumbar (dec) and Allan Watson. They join 2016 inductees Alan and Kathy (dec) Murphy and David Grimison on the Wall of Fame honours list.
Other nominees for this year’s induction were:
Clyde Jennings: Clyde started working in the truck industry about 50 years ago for Max Mitchell carrying gravel and stone. He bought his own truck in 1974. He worked for Fawns Transport, Bruce Mason, Alf Jones and Shell Fuel until he retired in 1999. Sadly, Clyde passed away in 2011.
Eddie Carter: Eddie started driving in the 1960s and now at the age of 79 is still driving. He started carting an Allis Chalmers D6 Dozer. He has driven for a number a companies and owner drivers over the years including Country Side Meats at Wonthaggi, Murry-More, John Meyer, Lewingtons, Booths, Lumbars and McNaughts. He currently drives for Adam Gardiner from Caldwell.
Herbert Gladstone Grimison: Herbert was born is 1893, in Moama. He met his wife Ruth at Balranald and they married in 1915. They moved to Deniliquin in 1925 where he started a transport business with a horse (called Prince) and cart. Herbert bought his first truck, a Maple Leaf, and continued his transport business carting beer to hotels from the Deniliquin railway station. This business was the beginning of what was to become a much larger, successful business run by his son Ken, and today operated by his grandson David ‘Sherbie’ Grimison. Herbert passed away in 1969.
Kenneth James Grimison: Kenneth was born in 1920 in Balranald. He joined the army in 1940 and was a prisoner of war for almost four years. When the war ended in 1945 he returned to Deniliquin and started his livestock transport business with a 1942 Ford V8 side valve. He was working in opposition to his father Herbert. Kenneth started with one truck and soon increased to eight, transporting stock all over Australia. He and his wife Sylvia had three children — Ian, David and Judy. Ian and David continued Kenneth’s work, with David operating the business solo after Ian left in 1979.
Kenneth William Rose: Ken was born in Townsville in 1948. In January 1964 he started as an apprentice diesel mechanic for Duncan McCallum at Riverina Truck & Tractor and worked there until late 1980. In 1972 Ken joined the Deniliquin Volunteer Fire Brigade (now NSW Fire & Rescue) and was made engine keeper, which is a role he continues 44 years later. Ken has worked at Deni TAFE as storeman and filled in as a mechanic teacher part time. He has also worked for Purtills doing gas deliveries and school bus runs.
Leslie Bond: Les was born in 1947. He left school at 15 and spent two years working on the family dairy farm. At 21 he obtained his truck licence and started completing local and interstate runs. His first job was with Les John Transport in Hay, transporting general freight and stock Australia wide. Over the years Les has also worked for Scott’s in Mount Gambier, Grimisons and Murphys. It was while with Knights Transport he became an owner driver. Les joined Deni Freighters in 1989, and remains an employee there.
Trevor Palmer: Trevor worked in the transport industry for most of his life. He started with Cannys Transport in Wangaratta, then Moama Grains for a number of years before joining Deni Freighters. In Deni he was doing Sunicrust bread deliveries. Moving on to Booth Transport, Trevor got into milk carting but returned to Deni Freighters to drive B Double taut liners when the Dairy Farmers milk facility closed down. Trevor continued to drive through a long-fought battle with stomach cancer, which sadly claimed his life in 2012.
Wayne Scott: Wayne was born in Deniliquin in 1958 to Neil and Olive Scott. He had a passion for the industry which could be seen from a young age. Wayne left school at 16 and joined the family business with his father and older brother, Bruce. He obtained his rigid licence at 19 and started driving the company’s tray truck delivering livestock. Wayne became the youngest semi driver in NSW after applying and being granted a semi licence at 19 by the Department of Motor Transport rather than the required 21 at the time, and was then the youngest driver in NSW to carry four decks of sheep. Wayne drove a number of trucks over the years — Volvos, Kenworths, and a 1985 SAR with a 350 Cat engine. After Neil Scott’s Transport was sold in 1989, Wayne went driving for Ian Hood, Deni Freighters, and Lumbars. He was an employee of Purtills, driving fuel tankers and school buses, until his untimely and sad passing in 2010. Wayne was inducted into the Shell Rimula Hall of Fame in Alice Springs in 2011.