Truckie Profiles

Over four decades on the road and still going strong

four decades

For many years Garry Cullen drove trucks at Gladstone in Queensland, delivering furniture.

It was under rather unusual circumstances that Big Rigs got to meet and yarn to the veteran truckie, who now enjoys life in a vastly different climate in Tasmania.

Rain was falling when the 67-year-old pulled up across the road from public toilets near a beach at scenic Wynyard in northern Tasmania.

He walked across, and later I asked if he’d mind having his picture and truck snapped for Big Rigs.

“I would love to,” he said.

Not wanting to get my expensive digital camera damaged or broken by the rain, I took his pic under the covered area outside the dunny with the Scania in the background.

Cullen works for Statewide Independent Wholesalers and loves the Scania G450.

“It is a brilliant truck,” said Cullen, who has been driving for 46 years. “I am delivering groceries from Launceston for the Woolworths at Wynyard.”

A supporter of the Geelong Cats in the AFL, Cullen doesn’t stop at many roadhouses.

“Many are so expensive,” he said.

Outside work he breeds German Shepherd dogs and feels there could be more rest areas in Tasmania for truckies, especially ones with toilets.

“They are starting to put new ones around,” he said.

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