Nolan’s Interstate Transport founder passes away

Photography by: Bob Riley

Trucking identity Terry Nolan, who founded Nolan’s Interstate Transport, has died.


The man who founded well-known and respected trucking company Nolan’s Interstate Transport has died.

Terry Nolan passed away today. He started the Queensland business with his wife, Daphne.

The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) recognised both in 2011 with the Outstanding Contribution to the Trucking Industry Award, and the association today expressed its condolences to the Nolan family.

"Terry will be missed by everyone. At this sad time, all our thoughts are with Daphne, his children and the other members of his family," ATA Chair Noelene Watson says.

Watson says Nolan was heavily involved in the development of better fatigue and workplace health and safety standards in the industry.

"He was one of the real characters of our industry as well. Whenever you were at a function, you knew when he was there – there was lots of laughter and lots of fun. But if you rang him for help with something, he was always there for you," Watson says.

"When Terry and Daphne took over DM and MT Nolan from his father in the early 1970s, the business had three trucks and three employees. Today, the company is one of the largest family owned transport businesses in Queensland. It’s also one of the safest and most professional transport businesses in the state."

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