Jim Corstor­phan

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IN 1934, King Ge­orge V ruled the Bri­tish Em­pire, and Joseph Lyons was Prime Min­is­ter of Aus­tralia.

There were just over 6.5 mil­lion peo­ple liv­ing in Aus­tralia and Jim Corstor­phan was born. Life was pretty good for young Jim, and it got even bet­ter in 1942 when his fa­ther pur­chased a 12 acre fruit or­chard in Rail­way Road, Ver­mont for 1500 pounds.

Leav­ing school at 14, he joined his dad and be­came a third gen­er­a­tion fruit hawker.

He bought his first truck in 1954 for £150 – a K5 In­ter­na­tional. That was up­graded to a Stude­baker in 1955, for which he paid £400.

In 1956, he bought his first Di­a­mond T In­ter­na­tional truck – a 522 model.

The 1950s saw a short­age of goods trucks and Jim grabbed the op­por­tu­nity, work­ing night and day.

As an in­de­pen­dent cartage con­trac­tor and fruit agent, he bought trucks and made them work for him. His busi­ness ex­panded, and so did the roads he trav­elled. He was now cart­ing fruit to the Queen Vic­to­ria Mar­ket in Melbourne and had up to three semi-trail­ers of fruit per week be­ing trans­ported to the Syd­ney mar­kets in readi­ness for the Mon­day morn­ing trade.

A self-made man, Jim Corstor­phan could rub shoul­ders with all. He didn’t suf­fer fools and had no time for cer­e­mony.

A gen­er­ous man, he was pas­sion­ate about his trucks – they were his life.

He had a strong work ethic, work­ing seven days a week. He was a great wheeler and dealer, a good busi­ness­man, down-to-earth and straight­for­ward. Jim called a spade a spade.

He left his mark on many. For a man of few words, he had a lot to say.

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