New support for Tarcutta Truck Museum

By: Tamara Whitsed, Photography by: Tamara Whitsed


The completion of a five-bay shed at the NSW town of Tarcutta and the forming of a new committee is evidence the Tarcutta Transport & Farming Museum is no longer just a pipe dream.

New support for Tarcutta Truck Museum
Diana and Bunny Brown at the Tarcutta Transport & Farming Museum.

 

Bunny Brown has built the first shed at the Tarcutta Transport & Farming Museum and has formed a committee to help him complete the project.

Doug and Pam McMillan, Denis Robertson and George Goold recently agreed to form a committee with Bunny to advance the project. Bunny and his wife Diana spent $50,000 of their own money to construct the five-bay shed at Tarcutta, New South Wales.

Several historic trucks were already assembled at the site recently when Owner//Driver visited Tarcutta which is a popular change-over destination on the Hume Highway.

Bunny was a member of the Australian Road Transport Heritage Centre (ARTHC) committee which was formed in 2008 to build a truck museum at Tarcutta. But he parted with the group when ARTHC decided to relocate the project to Gundagai, NSW.

He has persisted with the Tarcutta proposal and convinced Wagga Wagga City Council to lease land to the Australian Long Distance Owner and Driver Association (ALDODA). Bunny, who lives nearby at Adelong, is National President of ALDODA.

The new committee members have a wealth of experience. Doug is Chair of the Australian Truck Drivers’ Memorial which is located in Tarcutta. Pam is Chair of Transport Women Australia. Denis is a Past Chair of the Australian Trucking Association. George was among hundreds of truck drivers stranded at Tarcutta in 1956 during the famous Tarcutta bog.

"I wouldn’t get a better committee," Bunny says. "It’ll go ahead real big now, with these people on board."

Bunny says the first stage of the museum will possibly open later this year. Anyone wishing to assist the committee, especially by donating funds or exhibits, is invited to phone Bunny on 0438 072 494 or Doug on 0407 835 115.

Read the full story in the August 2016 issue of Owner//Driver magazine.

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