Greg Pierpoint shared this brilliant photo of his dad.
Greg Pierpoint shared this brilliant photo of his dad. "This is one of his only pictures with him in it, he's the good lookin bloke squatting down on left, cooking breakfast for his mates. Whatever the joke was it must have been funny as everyone's having a good laugh."

This is the Aussie truckie of the early 60s

THIS is one of my Dad's old pics, it's a picture of one of his first trips out west as an owner driver.

He was in his early 20s and had taken the leap to buy his first truck, a second hand single drive Foden, with a Gardiner power plant, I believe around 150hp.

This picture typifies the Aussie truckie of the early 60s, the adventure, the character, the mates, the tough living, delivering equipment to outback Australia opening up the oil, gas and mining that bought the riches to this country.

This is one of his only pictures with him in it, he's the good lookin bloke squatting down on left, cooking breakfast for his mates.

Whatever the joke was it must have been funny as everyone's having a good laugh.

The good humour and the sense of mateship while being a bit of a rascal, and working hard, were the moulds most of the family's that entered the trucking industry were keen to fill.

I know it was for me, the more I look in to my Dad's entry into the industry the more I realise, the apple didn't fall far from the tree.

Dads Foden is about the third truck back, there were three brand new B model Mack's a Leyland and an AEC, the Mack's owned by Brambles, Port Kemblea.

This picture must have been reasonably early in the trip as there sill on the tar, not much traffic tho, I'd say as everyone's pulled up on the fog line.

They were transporting oil rig equipment to an oil field called Gidgeealpa, near Inaminka Station.

I know Dad loved the life, and it's a love he passed on to me, he ran the west and east coast most of his 35 years as an owner driver, as I did for around the same amount of time.

I know things have changed out there, but for the years I traveled with him and the years I travelled the highways by myself up until the mid 2000s there nothing else I would have rather been doing.

The times losing good mates on the Highway will always,be sad, the only consolation, is I know they were doing what they loved too, I'm just a lucky one, and I wouldn't swap it for quids. 

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