National Road Transport Hall of Fame
The National Road Transport Hall of Fame is an initiative of the Alice Springs-based Road Transport Histrorical Society Inc., a community-based volunteer organisation dedicated to the preservation of Australia's unique road transport heritage. The concept was borne out of concern that most trucks from yesteryear were rusting away on rural properties and cattle stations.
A public meeting was called in 1992, with the Road Transport Historical Society Inc. being formed later the same year, and a motivated group of volunteers began collecting vehicles, photos and memorabillia. Just three years later - on July 31, 1995 - the National Road Transport Hall of Fame was officially opened.
The concept for the museum is unique to most other road transport memorials throughout the world in that it has taken a lateral approach to the restoration of vehicles. You won't find rows of pristine, off-the-production-line trucks here. Our policy is to show vehicles as they were in their working lives, including the crude modifications and adaptations that "bush mechanics and engineers" had to undertake to ensure they could perform in Australia's harsh working environment.
Our vehicles are testimony to the trials and tribulations of our road transports industry's pioneers - essentially Australia's unsung heroes.
Our charter is to cover all forms of transport, from the camel strings of old through to today's modern roadtrains and stretchliner coaches.
It is our aim to be truly representative of Australia's road transport industry - covering all sectors of industry and all areas of Australia.