Bruce (Popeye) Solomon

Bruce (Popeye) Solomon.
Bruce (Popeye) Solomon. Graham Harsant

BRUCE (Popeye) Solomon hails from Jamestown, South Australia.

After he left school he helped his father on the farm and in the shearing shed, learning to drive at a young age.

At 16 he left home to go and work on historic Old Canowie, about 23km south of Terowie with the Daw family on their cattle stud.

He went on to work at several other remote sheep and cattle properties before deciding he wanted to be a driver.

In 1977, he returned to Jamestown and carted interstate to Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.

In 1978, Bruce moved to Alice Springs to take up a bus driving job.

His normal run was Coober Pedy to Dunmarra, of which half was a corrugated unformed dirt road and the other a thin ribbon of bituminised potholes.

Many life-long friends were made during this time.

Bruce gave up bus driving to go and work for MacMahon's in the construction industry, which took him to Dunmarra, Ayers Rock (Yulara) Curtain Springs, Mereenie, the Buchanan Highway and the rail line at Collinsville in Queensland.

Bruce and his family lived in the remote area road camps and became well known throughout the outback before they moved into Alice Springs, which they still call home.

Popeye Solomon has gone on to become a Territory legend of the roads.

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