Inducted into the Shell Rimula Wall of Fame at ReUnion 2014.
Douglas Ronaldson has been in the transport industry for the nearly 50 years having started driving in mid 1966. His first job was driving for Harry Bullock in a 1016 Dodge powered by a silver Perkins motor. He pulled one of the first adjustable wide spread trailers carting sawn timber from Cabbage Tree, in Gippsland, back to Melbourne. He later worked for Iona Farm and Equipment Services driving their 1016 Dodge primarily carting hay, and later a 760 Dodge and a C1600 Acco International carting fertilizer. Doug also drove a 1016 Dodge V8 tray carting potatoes to Sydney and returning with coils of steel.
Eventually Doug decided to buy his own truck and purchased an International Transtar. He began his own business loading out of Manson’s in Bunyip carting pine board to Sydney and returning with coke from Wollongong. In those days coke was all shovelled off by hand. The Transtar is here in the National Road Transport Hall Of Fame having been donated by its next owner, Jim Jackson.
Working for Pakenham Blue Metal Quarry Doug bought a Scania 112 T-Cab which the blokes at the quarry called “the Gumboot”. Doug preferred to call it the Swedish Bitch which was what was written on the side. Doug’s nickname was Reggie as they said he flew like Reg Ansett. Further down the track he upgraded to a 143 Scania HR Cab which he named Swedish Bitch II.
During the recession Doug was away from home sleeping up to three months at a time in the truck, getting work wherever he could. He later bought a cab over Kenworth doing both local and interstate work carting paper from Morwell. Later still he bought a Scania 113 MR Cab and drove for Linfox out of Coles.
Doug eventually left truck driving to drive coaches. Over the years he has driven for Greyhound buses, Berwick Bus Lines, Cardinia Transit and Ventura. On these jobs he drove coaches on extended trips to Ayers Rock and Alice Springs and on school excursions. He is presently driving coaches for Ventura out of Pakenham.