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Martin Truck Parking Bay

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Name Martin Truck Parking Bay
Type Designation Rest Area
Place Id 24522
Place Type Feature
Status Registered
Date Registered 10 October 2013
Location (Datum GDA94)  
Latitude: -24° 57' S (Decimal degrees -24.953)
Longitude: 133° 11' E (Decimal degrees 133.19478)
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Locality / Suburb  
Local Government Area  
  MacDonnell Shire Council
History/Origin Named after Stan Martin who was born in Darwin in 1922. Stan grew up on VRD receiving his education through correspondence. After his schooling finished he became a Stockman and then Head Stockman on an outstation of VRD. Enlisting in the Army during World War II, he served in Papua New Guinea where he was badly wounded. He was mentioned in despatches and awarded the Oakleaf for bravery under enemy fire. For many years after the war; Stan was involved in the transport business.

He and his brothers Jim and George, operated "Martin Brothers Transport" which was based in Alice Springs servicing the route north to Darwin, and which was the first civilian transport company started in the Northern Territory after the War. This company was eventually sold after which Stan operated "Murandji Transport" (mainly between Katherine and the VRD) by himself for a few years until finding work in Katherine with CJA Cox & Co. Trucks were a big part of Stan's life and he was known to his trucking mates as "The Taipan".

Register & Gazettal information

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