Eileen Battle from Nortrans.
Eileen Battle from Nortrans.

Tributes flow for trucking pioneer, pilot, businesswoman

TRIBUTES are flowing after Townsville transport pioneer Eileen 'Ma' Battle lost her fight with cancer.

The astute businesswoman - who has been described as a 'no nonsense' powerhouse - leaves behind husband Arthur and children Rodney, Carol and Greg.

News of her death was announced on the family business Nortrans Townsville's Facebook page.

Mrs Battle's funeral was held on Friday for family, friends and the wider business and trucking community.

Arthur and Eileen Battle started out carting for Malanda Milk on the Atherton Tablelands with a horse and cart.

During the war when they couldn't get fuel and Arthur would run the trucks on gas from wood burners or with ethanol fuel mix. One of their main contracts was to supply milk for the Australian and American armies stationed throughout North Queensland, according to the Australian National Road Transport Hall of Fame.

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