A familiar description of the roads
FORMER Heywood truck driver and stock agent Jack Price has a familiar description of the district’s roads.
“They were bloody awful,” he said.
He was describing the roads as they were in the 1940s and 1950s.
“To give an example, on the road to Bessiebelle I used to drive along the fenceline from property to property; driving along the fenceline was better than the road,” he said.
“The corrugations on the roads was really bad, the roads were gravel and there were only a small number of roads sealed and if they were they were the sealed stretches were narrow.
“There were plenty of flat tyres, the tyre pressures used to be 80 to 100 pounds and we used hand pumps, not like today when you can fill them up with air at the service station.”
Mr Price said he left school at the age of 14 to work on his parents’ dairy farm.
He managed to get his drivers licence at 17, courtesy of the local police officer.
“I think he turned a blind eye because I was close to turning 18,” he said.
He ended up having two tray trucks – the first was an Austin 1948 model, the second was a 1952 International.
“I collected cream from dairy farms from Heywood through to Dartmoor and then took it to the Macarthur Butter Company from 1946-56,” he said.