Lincoln James Salisbury, known as ‘Linc’, was born in October 1974 in Beaudesert, Queensland, the only child of his parents, Jim and Bernice Salisbury. Jim had been in livestock transport for many years and after Lincoln was born, it was not long before he was on his mum’s lap in the passenger seat of the truck. As he grew up, Lincoln spent time with his father in the truck, learning the ropes of carting livestock and on the family farm, he learned valuable lessons in land management and caring for livestock. Of course, he also learned how to drive every vehicle on the property!
Jim had the contract to cart stock from the Beaudesert railhead to the Tancred Brothers Meatworks and Feedlot nearby. In his teens, Lincoln helped his father and the drivers load and unload the cattle but he was soon pulling the semi-trailers away from the ramp and reversing the next truck into place, ready to load at the rail yard. Lincoln spent many years working alongside his father and the drivers and gained great knowledge along the way, all the while assisting with the Salisbury family’s grazing business. Such was the nature of the livestock transport game that the Salisbury trucks were always on hand at short notice to head out to the various saleyards and haul stock for local buyers and the abattoir. Lincoln spent many long nights out on the road carting cattle.
Then the abattoir closed down and no more stock arrived by rail and while there was still livestock cartage work around, the heavy demand had slowed and it was necessary to downsize the fleet. A second hand Kenworth T650 was purchased for Lincoln to drive and Kenworth became the preferred brand of the business. Later, a new Kenworth T650 was bought so Lincoln could venture further afield to keep the business ticking over. He carted machinery and molasses in and around Queensland and New South Wales as well as grain during harvests in the Condobolin area.
Lincoln and his wife, Jillian, took over the running of the business but his father was never far away if needed. Livestock transport was still the backbone of the business, with other general freight activities fitting into the schedule. However, In 2014 the livestock arm of the Salisbury business was sold off and Lincoln purchased a T404 SAR B-double to service a contract to freight product from various abattoirs in South East Queensland to the gelatine factory at Beaudesert. Lincoln kept his beloved T650 to carry on with larger jobs when needed.
With the passing of his father in early 2017, Lincoln took over the running of the family grazing properties and balanced this with his busy transport duties. Sadly, a tragic accident on his home property took Lincoln’s life in October 2019. A great son, husband, father, mate, and transport identity, Lincoln Salisbury will forever be greatly missed by family and friends. Inducted in 2021