Our region’s transport legends in hall of fame
THEIR names are synonymous with both the Rose City and the transport industry and now they have been etched into history.
Warwick trucking identities Ross Fraser, Peter Wickham and the late Angus Wickham were inducted into the Queensland Road Transport Legends Hall of Fame at the weekend.
Mr Fraser and Peter Wickham travelled to the Queensland Transport Museum in Gatton to receive the honour.
Angus Wickham, who passed away in 1999, was represented by his daughter, Angela Davey, who accepted his award on her father's behalf.
Mr Fraser said he was appreciative of being considered for a position on the Hall of Fame.
"They have a great facility down that and it was certainly an honour to be part of it," he said.
"This is only the second round of inductees and I think there are only about 30 of us altogether."
Mr Fraser said he had devoted his life to the transport industry and it had bestowed upon him many valuable experiences and opportunities.
The company managing director started off his career in the driver's seat but he has worn several professional hats throughout his career.
He has spent time as chairman of the Australian Trucking Association and has watched the company's fleet grow from one to the 50 it has today.
"It has been a big learning experience and if a day goes past when you don't learn something, that is a bad day," he said.
Mr Fraser said although the company had achieved so much, there were more big things to come. "There will always be livestock to be carted and we will be there to cart them," he said.
Brothers Peter and Angus Wickham bought their first truck in the early 1970s, to transport potatoes from their family farm in Killarney.
By 1983, the Wickham boys began carting handing meat from the former Killarney Abattoir to Brisbane, the Gold Coast and NSW.
In 1999, things got even bigger for the Wickham family, with the opening of its East St depot and five years later the company was contracted to be Big W's major transport contractor.
The brothers were integral to growing the business to the massive operation it is today and last year, Peter retired from the transport industry.
Wickham Freightlines now employs more than 200 Warwick people and runs a fleet of more than 100 trucks and 162 vans from north Queensland to Victoria.