Inducted into the Shell Rimula Wall of Fame at ReUnion 2010.
Ray Parsons started work with The Entrance Red Bus Company on the NSW Central Coast (100km north of Sydney) in 1942. Due to a labour shortage during the war Ray started at 13 years of age. At this time The Red Bus Company was a unique operation as they used to deliver passengers from the trains at Gosford to their chosen holiday cottages anywhere in The Entrance.
This was the time when most working people had 2 weeks holiday per year and because of its close proximity to Sydney, The Entrance was a very popular holiday destination. As cars were a luxury few could afford, most people arrived by train, and the buses were kept very busy transporting passengers and their luggage to The Entrance.
One of Ray's first duties was as bag boy and was responsible for riding on the outbound buses, recording the destination of each passenger and giving this information to the driver so he could arrange the delivery of passengers to their street address in order. Combined with this Ray was employed in the workshop washing, greasing, and assisting the mechanics in the maintenance of the buses.
At age 17 Ray obtained his licence and started driving on The Entrance- Gosford run. Over the years, as well as running tours on the Central Coast, the company purchased tour operations in Newcastle and Cooma (Snowy Mountains) and Ray spent many years driving coaches to all parts of Australia including being one of the first drivers to take a coach tour from the mainland to Tasmania on the Princess of Tasmania.
During his employment with the company Ray has taken a photo of every bus that has joined the fleet which today stands at about 75 buses. He is recognized as the company historian. At age 81 Ray has passed all medical and driving tests and continues to work casual shifts on school services when required.
Ray has been working for 67 years for the one family company. It is no doubt a great contribution to the road transport bus industry.