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Frank Fidler Truck Parking Bay

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Name Frank Fidler Truck Parking Bay
Type Designation Rest Area
Place Id 24510
Place Type Feature
Status Registered
Date Registered 10 October 2013
Location (Datum GDA94)  
Latitude: -25° 54' S (Decimal degrees -25.90847)
Longitude: 133° 15' E (Decimal degrees 133.25312)
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Locality / Suburb  
Local Government Area  
  MacDonnell Shire Council
History/Origin Named after Frank Fidler who moved to Alice Springs in 1947 and started working as a truck driver for Road and Rail, carrying freight to stations such as Newcastle Waters and then took the Murranji Track to Victoria River Downs, Wave Hill and the many other cattle stations and communities in the area. In 1950 Frank took a job with Kurt Johannsen picking up the ex-WWII 44 gallon drums along the Stuart Highway and military staging camps and delivering these to either Alice Springs or Darwin.

In 1967 Frank set up his own transport business. He carted cattle for the pastoral industry, equipment for local mines, and fuel and stores for stations and remote communities. He was one of the first cattle carriers to bring cattle from Billaluna and Mongrel Downs into the railhead at Alice Springs. Frank was a real pioneer in cattle transportation. Frank passed away in 1999.

Register & Gazettal information

Date Gazettal Comment
10/10/2013 Date added to the Register
23/10/2013 NTG G43
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