On Sunday, June 9 the Murrumburrah Harden Showground will be the venue for an event commemorating 100 years since the birth in Murrumburrah of Ken Thomas.
Ken is the founder of TNT transport.
As part of the occasion Ken Pearsall is currently asking for photos of local trucks as well as historical photos.
If you can assist drop your photographs in to Ken at the West End Gift shop where they will be scanned and returned to their owners.
Supported by the Harden Historical Truck and Tractor Club Inc the weekend will feature a truckie reunion, antique trucks, model trucks, stalls, entertainment, a quilt exhibition and much more.
A book about Thomas, “The Truckie Who Loved Trains” will also be launched on the day.
Thomas started TNT with one truck in 1946 and turned it into the largest transport operator in Australia within 25 years.
Born in O’Rourkes house in 1913 he died in 1997.
He attended Murrumburrah Intermediate High School, now the Murrumburrah Public Primary School, until 1924.
Ken Thomas was nominated by David Wilcox into the National Road Transport Hall of Fame at Alice Springs with his induction taking place in August, 2012.
He was described as a leader to the developing interstate hauling fraternity.
He was instrumental in the formation of the Long Distance Haulers Association and was the foundation vice president and then the Trustee for some years.
As the son of an engine driver he had a respect for rail transport and did not regard it as the enemy as it had an important role to play in the Australian economy. Ken led TNT until 1972.
Anyone wishing to seek more
information of the celebration can
contact Lorraine Brown on 6386 2555.
TNT founder Ken Thomas.
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