Inducted into the Shell Rimula Wall of Fame at ReUnion 2000.Miss Winifred Nancie Pidgeon was a career woman long before it became fashionable to be one. Fortunately for this industry it was road transport she was passionate about.
Nancie, as she preferred to be known, joined the Master Carriers Association as a typist in 1938 and soon fell in love with the industry. With the shortage of manpower in WW11 Nancie was loaded up with extra responsibilities including the road transport industry's war effort.
This was a time when women interested in joining the war effort were considered little more than nuisances by the various War Cabinet Ministers. However, by the time WW11 had ended in 1945 Nancie had built a reputation for competency and dedication. Her indepth knowledge of road transport was freely shared with all but it could not have been easy for Nancie in this period.
By the 1960s she had become the public relations focus of the NSW road transport industry. Her input was so valued she was invited to become a member of the Chartered Institute of Transport. She was the first woman in Australia to have this honour bestowed upon her. Miss Nancie Pidgeon died in June 1989 having completed 51 years of service with the NSW Road Transport Association. She had never bothered to marry. Her family and friends had always said she was married to every truckie in NSW such was her knowledge, dedication and undying loyalty to their every cause.
Few single women have shown the long term dedication to road transport as much as Winifred Nancie Pidgeon did. She chose to make road transport her life's career after taking a position as a typist for the Master Carriers Association of NSW in 1938 just prior to the onset of WW11. The Association, formed in 1902, eventually became the New South Wales Road Transport Association.
"We Can Do It" was the catchcry for women of the day who had stepped in to compensate the shortage of manpower and Nancie certainly proved she could do it.