About the book
The Book is 320 pages, soft cover, with about 100 photos, 20 in colour.
Hon Tim Fischer A.C. Past Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, thinks so highly of the contribution Ken Thomas made to the development of Australia, that he enthusiastically accepted an invitation to launch the book, on the 8th June 2013 at Harden NSW.
Ken was born in Harden in June 1913, and to mark his centenary the Harden Historical Society, organised a Commemoration of Ken Thomas, and the book launch was part of that.
About the Author
David Wilcox has had an interest in transport since boyhood. The first fifteen years of his business career were in the transport industry. Initially this was in the overseas passenger services of P&O, and their Australian agents, Macdonald Hamilton and Co.
In the mid 1950s David saw the coming decline in the passenger liner service as airlines developed, so considered his career options. The Hughes and Vale decision prompted a move to road transport, and a trainee position at Mayne Nickless. At age 21 he was their first general freight salesman in Sydney. From there he went to F.H.Stephens, and in due course was their NSW sales manager.
David was in the initial class of the Transport Administration Course offered by the Sydney Technical College. He graduated and became a member of the Institute Of Transport in 1958.
For family reasons he left the Industry and spent thirty six years, mainly in self-employment, at Crescent Head.
Now retired, he has had the time to indulge in his passion with transport to do the research and to write this, his first book.
David lives at Blackalls Park, Lake Macquarie, NSW.