The Best Australian Trucking Stories

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This first-ever collection of stories about Aussie truckers captures the humor, tragedy, and fascinating history of their world. The trucker's job—so vital to everyday life—makes for a diverse treasure trove of stories that will make you laugh and cry, and keep you on the edge of your seat. These weird and wonderful true stories from truckers from all over Australia prove once again that truth is often stranger, funnier, and more inspiring than fiction. The unlikely yarns and bizarre tales, collected by Jim ...
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Overview


This first-ever collection of stories about Aussie truckers captures the humor, tragedy, and fascinating history of their world. The trucker's job—so vital to everyday life—makes for a diverse treasure trove of stories that will make you laugh and cry, and keep you on the edge of your seat. These weird and wonderful true stories from truckers from all over Australia prove once again that truth is often stranger, funnier, and more inspiring than fiction. The unlikely yarns and bizarre tales, collected by Jim Haynes, quickly transport the reader into the intriguing but often hard and lonely world of the long-distance truck driver. There are stories of endurance while crossing the Nullarbor in the early 1950s, of rescuing mates stranded in the desert and dumping wheat in protest at Parliament House, of repossessing vehicles in suburban Adelaide, and of men imprisoned during the long political battle to make the roads of Australia free to carry freight. Steeped in larrikinism, these are salt-of-the-earth Aussie voices from the most genuine characters to ever spin a yarn. But it's not just a rollicking ride—in this collection you'll also find deeply affecting stories that will break the hardest heart. Whether you're interested in one of the greatest social revolutions that has shaped the Australian nation, or in this modern batch of pioneers who astound with their resourcefulness and never-say-die perseverance, or whether you're just after a laugh and a bloody good story, this book is a must-read.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781742376943
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin Pty., Limited
  • Publication date: 1/1/2012
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Jim Haynes has traveled far and wide to meet and interview the people whose stories make up this book. From his days as part of the Slim Dusty touring show, Jim has been aware of special nature of the trucking industry in both rural and urban Australia. Before becoming a professional entertainer, songwriter, verse writer, and singer in 1988, Jim Haynes taught writing, literature, history, and drama in schools and universities.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction 1

The Aussie truckie Traditional Jim Haynes 7

Rent-a-wreck Kingsley Foreman 12

Doing time for trucking Irwin Richter Jim Haynes 16

The Nullarbor crossing Ray Gilleland (The Nullarbor Kid) 22

Long road to the top John Elliott 34

Mrs Ward Frank Daniel 41

The friendly truckie Steve Theobald Jim Haynes 46

The good Samaritan Ray Gilleland (The Nullarbor Kid) 51

Repossess that! Kingsley Foreman 61

The AEC Government Roadtrain Liz Martin 66

Trucking chick Jayne Denham Jim Haynes 83

Confessions of a wheat dumper Frank Daniel 88

Trucking with Slim John Elliott 96

It was a great idea Grant Luhrs Jim Haynes 107

Odd jobs Kingsley Foreman 118

American blue, devils Frank Daniel 125

The Tarcutta memorial Ron Pullen Jim Haynes 128

The Tarcutta bog Ray Gilleland (The Nullarbor Kid) 133

Rock 'n' roll trucking Rod Hannifey 141

The Vesteys' Rotinoffs Liz Martin 162

It's not like on TV Kingsley Foreman 186

Not on a sixpence Cheryl van der Velden 190

Easter Monday 1995 Sharon Hourn 192

The silver shed Ray Gilleland (The Nullarbor Kid) 200

The big load Frank Daniel 217

Mack make 'em tough Kingsley Foreman 220

You ain't got no pigs Frank Daniel 224

Done cartin' Frank Daniel 229

This trucking life Rod Hannifey 231

A brief history of Australian road transport Liz Martin Jim Haynes 237

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