Dave Sheridan honoured
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