HANCOCK, Peter

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Inducted into the Shell Rimula Wall of Fame at ReUnion 2010.

Peter grew up on a Caradoc Station in Broken Hill with his father Jim (deceased), mother Lola, and three brothers: Jim, Gary and David.

At a young age of 16 Peter decided that station life was not for him and headed off to see what was out there. He got a job at Moomba which started his love of the big trucks. Apparently he drove an old clapped out Ford and sat at the gates for a week before they employed him. He learnt to drive the big rigs then he moved to Jackson Oilfields for work.

From there Peter moved to Charleville and, with his first wife, had two boys, Jim and Harry. Queensland was where he called home in those days. In 1999 he got stuck in floods in Longreach and that is where he met the woman who was to become his new wife. Peter was her life. As a husband he was very caring and loving even though he had diesel running through his veins. Peter travelled the Brisbane to Darwin run for 28 years carting general freight. He loved the wide open spaces and made many a friend in his travels. Pete was the type of man that anyone would love to meet. His zest for life was so big. He loved his truck that he owned, the blue Western Star named The Australian Fella. The family had a bad time in 2004, when they lost a daughter suddenly, and had to sell the truck to help pay for the flight for their granddaughter. Peter was a husband of whom to be proud according to Liz, his wife.

In October 2009 he went back to driving for Blinco Transport in an International Eagle. He died a couple of months later on December 21, 2009 at the young age of 51. He and Liz had only spent 10 years together but he died doing what he loved best. Peter Hancock was a wonderful man with a very big heart who loved his family, and friends.