Dave Sheridan hon­oured

Deals on Wheels - - Truck Shows -

Oak­lands res­i­dent Dave Sheridan has been truck­ing since the 1970s and proudly ac­cepted in­duc­tion to the Oak­lands Truck Show Hon­our Board.

Dave still drives a Ken­worth for his busy truck­ing com­pany, DM & KA Sheridan. It’s a fam­ily busi­ness; Dave’s wife Kate and daugh­ter-in-law Sarah-Jane work in the of­fice, while son Mark drives full-time. All of Dave and Kate’s four chil­dren and nine grand­chil­dren were able to at­tend the truck show to help Dave cel­e­brate his in­duc­tion.

In a fam­ily busi­ness, mem­o­ries of fam­ily and work are of­ten in­ter­twined. Dave re­calls the day he bought take­away for two of his chil­dren, who were pas­sen­gers in his In­ter­na­tional ACCO. He had to con­sole the four-year-old and six-year-old after glass from a bro­ken wind­screen ru­ined their fish and chips.

Dave has lived at Oak­lands since 1974 and be­gan cart­ing wool, live­stock and fuel for EW Day & Sons that same year. For many years he com­bined truck driv­ing with share­farm­ing. The first truck Dave owned was a 1954 Austin which he bought in 1978. He used it to cart grain and up­graded to a 1969 In­ter­na­tional ACCO in 1982.

He took on the garbage col­lec­tion for Urana Shire in 1984, and he main­tained this con­tract for al­most 20 years. In

1986 he bought a 1974 Benz to cart sheep and cat­tle for Lew­ing­tons Trans­port.

His dogs have been a val­ued part of the team. “It’s hard to keep good dogs but when you’ve got them, it’s great.

“Live­stock is a dif­fer­ent game. You’ve got to be able to han­dle stock plus you’ve got to be able to drive a truck. It’s just not ev­ery­one’s cup of tea.”

To­day, DM & KA Sheridan em­ploys eight peo­ple and runs four Ken­worths which cart live­stock, grain, pota­toes, wool and fer­tiliser. Dave picked up a brand-new T659 in April.

Above: Kate Sheridan helped her hus­band Dave cel­e­brate his in­duc­tion to the Oak­lands Truck Show Hon­our Board

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