Monday, 21 January 2013

Sepia Saturday - More of Pa’s Trucks

c1947 with AEC diesel truck

I was quite overwhelmed by all the comments on my recent Sepia Saturday blog about Pa’s trucks, so thought I should write a second post on this theme trying to answer some of the questions, and include more photos!

Yes, there are more!

Pa loved taking photos and had a movie camera too, although these aren’t digitised yet - not past putting on videos.

On the way to pick up yearlings in Mansfield
If you are interested in reading about ‘a day in the life’ of a racehorse transporter, then read the second half of my Melbourne Cup Day post where I ‘interviewed’ my Dad about what the day was like for him – very hectic and quite a different view than the fun I associate with going to the races.

Dad came back to me with some more info about the odd fronted truck from my first Sepia Saturday post on this theme:

“This truck was a 6 Horse float AEC diesel  "LH" and dates from about 1947.
c1941 first premises of Garrett & Griffiths
It had the same chassis as the old Sydney double-decker buses but the chassis was lengthened along the wheelbase to accommodate 3 horses all facing the front and with room for a strapper (attendant) for each horse on race day, or as a sleeping area for a relief driver on interstate trips. 
The chassis was also lengthened behind the wheels to allow for another 3 horses and seating for strappers. Each horse was in its own separate, padded compartment. Built in for each horse was a feed bin. These weren’t used for race days.”

post 1947, 911 Glenhuntly Rd, Glenhuntly, Vic.
business premises and residence
Pa worked for a company called Hardiman’s, then the large Chapman’s racehorse transport company before he started Garrett & Griffiths, so he already knew there was a growing need for this service.

He started out on his own in 1940-1941 in partnership with Jack Griffiths.

In 1947, he dissolved the partnership with Griffiths but kept the company name.
They moved premises then, and Mum has fond memories of living at 911 Glenhuntly Road, and not so fond ones of the smelly gas-producer truck in the backyard.

Dad thinks this is funny as there were only 2 or 3 companies
involved in this industry at the time.


  1. Wow, the newspaper clippings are nice too, what a story. But I think all the trucks are very interesting to see, a style that I haven't seen much of!

  2. I notice your father recognized the value of maintaining the business name of the company after parting from Mr. Griffiths.
    A piece of family history worth to be recorded!