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A LIFELONG love affair with trucks has led Wonthaggi
resident Alan Wilson to compile a fascinating new picto-
‘Olde Trucks From All Over Gippsland and Beyond’ was
painstakingly put together over a period of 18 months,
with the retired motor mechanic travelling all over west-
ern Victoria to meet up with people who had fading old
truck photos shoved in the back of cupboards.
“I probably drove about 20,000km all up but it was
worth it,” Alan smiled.
“I had a lot of photos of vintage trucks in my own col-
lection, and I started thinking about doing a book a few
“I figured there are plenty of biographies by retired poli-
ticians who have made themselves sound glorious, but
why hasn’t anyone written about old trucks?
“So I went ahead and did it.”
Alan’s 84-page pictorial book contains restored photo-
graphs of close to 300 trucks driven on Gippsland roads
between 1914 and 1982.
“I’ve covered the entirety of Gippsland from Pakenham
through to Orbost, and I think it will bring back a lot of
memories for readers,” he added.
“I recently had a phone call from a man in Morwell who
asked why I didn’t include any instructions with the book.
“Perplexed, I asked what he meant.
“He told me he didn’t know how to put it down!”
Alan’s personal interest in trucks dates back to the
1940s, when he would ride in a 1927 two-tonne Chevro-
let with his father.
“We’d travel to and from the Victorian Grain Stores in
Collingwood,” he recalled.
“There was always a bottle of beer left behind the driv-
er’s seat for the guy loading the truck.”
Though he no longer has any trucks parked in his
driveway these days, Alan is still an active member of the
Traralgon Truck Club and enjoys interacting with young-
“Most towns across Gippsland had their local or gen-
eral carrier,” he explained.
“This usually consisted of an owner operator who most
likely was available to shift ‘anything’ at almost anytime,
and usually began at the railway station to deliver all man-
ner of goods to the shops and outlying areas.
“I was one of those drivers based in Drouin and did
all sorts of jobs where a truck was needed- five tonnes of
bagged flour to the bakery, a similar weight in beer to the
Noojee Pub, right down to a box of pharmaceuticals to the
chemist. No job too big or too small - well almost!
“One of the trucks I owned was a Bedford.
“I sold it in 2002 but people are always picking my
brain about restoration tips.”
The book features several newly-unearthed photos of
a 1970s tipper owned by Wonthaggi’s Bob Edden and a
superb 1943 tank transporter owned by another local,
Copies of Alan’s book are available from Leongatha
Newsagency or mail order by calling 5672 5787.
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THE Early Ford V8 Club visited Coal Creek Commu-
nity Park and Museum on Saturday, January 9 and en-
joyed a wonderful day visiting the general store and rid-
ing the bush train around the village.
Vice president Bob Felsovary said the day was very
popular among its members with about 15 vehicles and
30 participants enjoying the outing.
The original restored vehicles were built between
1932 and 1954 were on display within the park delight-
ing visitors young and old.
A drive for history buffs
Early Ford V8 club vice president Bob Felsovary lead a contingent of vehicles at Coal Creek last weekend.
When it comes to trucks from days gone by, retired motor mechanic and dairy
farmer Alan Wilson is a wellspring of knowledge, and he has poured it all into a
new pictorial book. G010216
Alan is trucking on
An International Transtar tipper, owned by Wont-
haggi’s Bob Edden, is one of hundreds of old trucks
featured in the book.
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