‘Names upon the wall’

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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 wallAbove left: Pa­tron Joy McKean com­posed ‘Names upon the Wall’ which was recorded by her late hus­band Slim DustyAbove 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

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