A truck­ing pi­o­neer


Lud­vic ‘Victa’ Lum­bar ar­rived in Aus­tralia from Yu­goslavia on Jan­uary 11, 1954.

He be­gan his jour­ney work­ing in Went­worth pick­ing grapes and then started at In­ter­na­tional Har­vesters in Gee­long build­ing cast­ings for ma­chin­ery.

Af­ter mov­ing to Mel­bourne he was em­ployed at Dun­lop Tyres, mak­ing tyre cas­ings, be­fore he moved to Chiltern in Vic­to­ria to be­gin his own busi­ness.

It was here that Mr Lum­bar’s in­volve­ment in the trans­port in­dus­try be­gan. He ran a ser­vice sta­tion with a busi­ness part­ner who had a truck.

Inevitably, an­other truck was pur­chased be­tween them.

As times changed, Mr Lum­bar felt like he had to move on.

The busi­ness part­ner­ship was ended and Mr Lum­bar made the jour­ney to De­niliquin with his AA160 In­ter with a 28-foot strap trailer in mid-March 1961.

His day-to-day work in De­niliquin would start with cut­ting about 12 tonne of fire­wood, with his wife by his side.

He would then load it up, jump in the truck and start his 10-hour trip to Mel­bourne to de­liver his freight.

In seek­ing ef­fi­cien­cies, Mr Lum­bar be­gan back load­ing freight, with lo­cal busi­ness Gille­spies be­ing his first ma­jor client.

Mr Lum­bar was the first car­rier in De­niliquin to make gen­eral freight a pri­or­ity.

He was also the first to cart bulk grain on a flat top trailer with grain traps in the floor (us­ing an early model con­vert­ible).

Slowly he added an­other truck to his busi­ness, and added a third when he be­gan mov­ing gro­ceries and later beer.

It was at this time, in the late 1960s, Mr Lum­bar moved his home busi­ness to a site in Sloane St, De­niliquin.

By this time the ser­vice be­tween De­niliquin and Mel­bourne was like clock­work, with the busi­ness run­ning up to three trucks a day.

In the early 1970s, Mr Lum­bar moved the shed at his home to Sloane St for use by the busi­ness. He also ex­panded by adding a ser­vice pit and truck wash to the premises.

Mr Lum­bar was ac­tive in the in­dus­try un­til his death in 2001. His sons — Frank, Stan and Ed­die — have con­tin­ued to re­main in­volved in the trans­port in­dus­try.

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