Gulgong’s ‘Burloo’ in trucking Hall of Fame

Gulgong truck driver Rodney “Burloo” Bowden has been inducted in the National Road Transport Hall of Fame in Alice Springs.

Mr Bowden was one of 130 inductees honoured for a lifetime of service at the annual Hall of Fame reunion on Saturday.

PAT ON THE BACK: Gulgong truck driver Rodney “Burloo” Bowden was inducted into the National Road Transport Hall of Fame on Saturday. 280812/Bowden,Rodney

Mr Bowden was born into the transport industry.

He is the son of Cyril Bowden – a pioneer of the industry in outback NSW.

Along with his brothers, Mr Bowden began working for the family company at the age of 18 when he started carting sheep and cattle across New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and the Northern Territory.

Now 54, he has covered many of Australia’s roads and is still driving today.

But it’s the company of fellow drivers that Mr Bowden said he enjoys most.

“I mostly remember the great camaraderie of truckies,” he said.

“Many trips would see drivers pulled over for a spell, cooking a feed before they continued to make a mile.

“We always looked out for each other and always offered a helping hand.”

Now in its 17th year, the National Road Transport Hall of Fame reunion attracts nearly 1000 people each year, who travel from around Australia to celebrate the contribution of their colleagues, friends and family.

Organiser Liz Martin told ABC Rural Radio the reunion also aimed to raise the profile of the transport industry, which she said rarely gets the recognition it deserved.

“The trucking industry doesn’t get its rightful place in history,” she said.

“It sits on the periphery of every other industry.

“What I really love about the induction, it’s such a cross section of the trucking community, old blokes who have never had a pat on the back for what they’ve done.”

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