GUNDA­GAI MU­SEUM WEL­COMES TRAV­ELLERS

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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

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