Gundagai Truck Museum to open its doors shortly

By: Tamara Whitsed


Finemore cheque A An auction at the recent Finemore Livestock Transport reunion raised $2780 for the Gundagai museum. Pictured from left: ARTHC Chairperson Kerry Campbell, former Finemore Livestock Transport driver Neil Maclean, ARTHC Treasurer Jim Morton and Ron Finemore Transport Operations Manager Andrew Wooden. Finemore cheque A
IMG 1180 ARTHC Treasurer Jim Morton with his 1963 J3 Bedford at Tumblong during Sylvia’s Gap Road Run. Photo by Tamara Whitsed. IMG 1180
IMG 1152 Scott Menz’s 1988 Kenworth T650 during the Sylvia’s Gap Road Run. The T650 won People’s Choice at the Gundagai Truck Show. Photo by Tamara Whitsed. IMG 1152
IMG 0132 Paul Eccleston won the Vintage Choice section of the Gundagai Truck Show with his 1953 International AR130. Photo by Tamara Whitsed. IMG 0132
Museum 2 The museum's temporary premises at Gundagai. Museum 2
IMG 0843 Sylvia’s Gap Road Run. Photo by Tamara Whitsed. IMG 0843

The Gundagai Truck Show, Hume Highway Reunion, and Sylvia’s Gap Road Run raised about $30,000 for Gundagai’s proposed truck museum.

 

Buoyed by the success of recent fundraising activities, the Australian Road Transport Heritage Centre (ARTHC) plans to open a truck museum in a temporary home at Gundagai, New South Wales, this month.

ARTHC Chairperson Kerry Campbell and his team are assembling a collection of historic trucks and exhibits in a shed at the corner of Tor Street and Jack Moses Avenue, North Gundagai.

The ARTHC has over 100 members and the museum will be staffed by volunteers.

Treasurer Jim Morton says the ARTHC will open the doors of the museum’s temporary home when electricity is connected. An announcement will be made on the museum’s website, arthc.com.au

But Jim says the ARTHC remains determined to build a permanent museum at Middle Street, Gundagai. The committee will continue to raise funds and apply for grants for the $1.5million project.

The ARTHC raised $30,000 with events held at Gundagai over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.

A highlight was Sylvia’s Gap Road Run on June 12 which attracted 76 trucks. They travelled a section of the old Hume Highway which is now on private property. Landowners opened their gates, allowing trucks to travel through Sylvia’s Cutting and over Hannah’s Pinch.

The weekend began with the inaugural Gundagai Truck Show on Saturday, June 11. Scott Menz of Wagga Wagga won People’s Choice with his 1988 Kenworth T650. Paul Eccleston won the Vintage Choice section with a 1953 International AR130.

After the truck show, 217 people attended a Hume Highway Reunion Dinner and auction.

Last week the ARTHC accepted a donation of $2780 which was raised by an auction at the Finemore Livestock Transport drivers’ recent reunion at Wagga Wagga.

To donate to the ARTHC’s proposed truck museum, or to become a member of the ARTHC, phone Jim on 0408 441 495 or Daryl Weston on 0427 756 983.

 

 

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