Interested in trucking history of Australia? Then you’re going to love these featured articles on Eric Ballard, and the early days of Ballards.
Here’s a great article on Eric Ballard, Anthony’s grand-father, who was the inspiration for Anthony to start Ballard’s Earthmoving. Anthony started with one truck and a lot of good advice.
For almost 50 years Eric Ballard provided a transport service that was the backbone of remote and rural central Queensland where he lived and worked.
Eric and his brothers had grown up to become drovers. At one stage they walked a mob of cattle from the Kimberleys in WA to Orange in NSW. Once Eric married he gave up the droving life and bought his first truck, a secondhand 1927 Chevrolet Four for just 30 shillings. He started work on a mail run between Longreach and Elroy carrying parcel freight and mail to remote sheep properties and cattle stations.
The following is the ‘Bush Ballards’ magazine article, as published in Classic Truck magazine. Click on any image to view a larger version.