GUNDAGAI MUSEUM WELCOMES TRAVELLERS
Just a short drive from the Hume Highway is the temporary museum of the Australian Road Transport Heritage Centre (ARTHC) at Gundagai, New South Wales.
Located at the corner of Tor Street and Jack Moses Avenue, the museum can display about 14 trucks. Some of the trucks have been donated to the ARTHC. Others belong to collectors and are on long-term or short-term loans.
Many classic truck collectors are eager to display their trucks in the museum, so the ARTHC is able to regularly change the exhibits.
When Owner// Driver visited the museum during the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, the oldest vehicle was a stagecoach.
Among the trucks were two Chevrolets from the 1920s, a 1942 WWII Studebaker, 1963 J3 Bedford, World War II Ford Jailbar and B-Model Mack.
A friendly team of volunteers are rostered on to greet visitors at the museum. They are proud of the ARTHC’s collection of memorabilia and photographs.
The museum walls display photographs of the construction of the Hume Highway, including Sylvia’s Gap. Images of trucks used during construction of the Snowy Mountains Hydro Electric Scheme are popular with visitors. There is also a large collection of photographs taken by the Luff family of Gundagai during vehicle recoveries.
The temporary museum is housed in a shed owned by Paul Mann, who has made the building available for a peppercorn rental.
ARTHC Secretary Daryl Weston says the ARTHC remains committed to building a much larger museum to display about 80 trucks. He says the ARTHC is grateful for the trucks and other exhibits it has been promised, but what they really need now is money to buy land and build the proposed permanent museum.
“We’re fundraising, we believe, for a really good cause. We’re dedicated to building this.”
The museum is open from 10am to 3pm from Thursdays to Sundays. (Visit www.arthc.com.au to see if opening hours have been revised.)
Anyone wishing to become involved with the ARTHC or to donate funds should visit the website or phone Daryl on 0427 756 983 or Jim Morton on 0408 441 495.
ARTHC Secretary Daryl Weston at the ARTHC temporary museum
Chris Nicholes from Marrar, NSW, with his WWII Ford Jailbar which has been on display at the ARTHC’s temporary museum