Truckie Profiles

Trusty truck is a common sight around Tassie

It was a former hire truck and since Col Churchill purchased it three years ago this Mitsubishi Canter has been a common sight around the northern region of Tasmania.

Churchill runs Rag and Bone Second Hand Dealers, located in the main street of Latrobe which is about 90km from Launceston and just off the Bass Highway.

I saw the Mitsubishi parked outside the shop just after 2pm one Sunday.

“It has been a brilliant truck since I got it and has been around many parts of Tasmania including to Hobart, Smithton and Rosebery. When we close today it will be taking some items to Prospect,” he said.

The light rig transports furniture, boxes and lots of other items which find their way to the store.

Churchill who stipulated he was not related to former wartime British leader Winston, is a popular identity in the scenic town of Latrobe.

Outside the shop on a seat was a skeleton replica and Churchill grabbed it to pose for a pic in front of the truck.

As I snapped his pic several locals who walked or drove past remarked, “Which one is the skeleton Col?” and they all laughed.

Churchill told me about an adopted blue and white budgerigar bird which is a shop mascot.

“An American left it here about four years ago and we have kept it as a pet,” he said.

This trusty Mitsubishi is an integral part of this business.

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