‘Names upon the wall’
Thirty-three names were added to the Australian Truck Drivers’ Memorial (ATDM) Wall at Tarcutta during the 23rd annual memorial service on October 29.
Co-founder Allan Browne says he is proud to see how the annual ceremony has grown. Allan founded the wall with Noel Brown and Ron Pullen but had not attended the annual service for a decade.
Addressing a crowd of more than 1,500 people, Allan recalled when memorial patron, the late Slim Dusty, invited him into a motel room to listen to a new song – ‘Names upon the Wall’.
“By the time he had finished I was nearly crying,” Allan says. “The words were so lovely.”
‘Names upon the Wall’ was composed by Slim’s wife, Joy McKean, who is also a patron of the memorial. Speaking during the service, Joy told the families and friends of lost truckies. “Although you have lost them, they are still part of your life because they are part of your memory and your love,” she says.
Other speakers at the ceremony included ATDM chairman Doug McMillan, Australian Road Transport Hall of Fame
CEO Liz Martin, Wagga Wagga City councillor Kerry Pascoe and Toll chaplain Millin Curtis. Music was provided by singing truckie Ian Castles and Scottish Piper Bob Scott.
Main image: Amid the sadness, Wayne Martin’s family and friends were proud to have his name included on the memorial wall
Above left: Patron Joy McKean composed ‘Names upon the Wall’ which was recorded by her late husband Slim Dusty
Above right: Co-founder Allan Browne had not attended a memorial service in a decade but was pleased to see the comfort it continues to bring grieving families