Old school trucks: Wilsons Transport Otago

By: Dean Middleton


Old school trucks: Wilsons Transport Otago Old school trucks: Wilsons Transport Otago
Old school trucks: Wilsons Transport Otago Old school trucks: Wilsons Transport Otago
Old school trucks: Wilsons Transport Otago Old school trucks: Wilsons Transport Otago
Old school trucks: Wilsons Transport Otago Old school trucks: Wilsons Transport Otago
Old school trucks: Wilsons Transport Otago Old school trucks: Wilsons Transport Otago
Old school trucks: Wilsons Transport Otago Old school trucks: Wilsons Transport Otago
Old school trucks: Wilsons Transport Otago Old school trucks: Wilsons Transport Otago
Old school trucks: Wilsons Transport Otago Old school trucks: Wilsons Transport Otago
Old school trucks: Wilsons Transport Otago Old school trucks: Wilsons Transport Otago
Old school trucks: Wilsons Transport Otago Old school trucks: Wilsons Transport Otago
Old school trucks: Wilsons Transport Otago Old school trucks: Wilsons Transport Otago
Old school trucks: Wilsons Transport Otago Old school trucks: Wilsons Transport Otago
Old school trucks: Wilsons Transport Otago Old school trucks: Wilsons Transport Otago
Old school trucks: Wilsons Transport Otago Old school trucks: Wilsons Transport Otago

Take a look back at some of the classic trucks that Wilsons Transport Otago Limited has owned over the years.

For many decades, Wilsons Transport Otago Limited has been synonymous with the South Otago region. The company’s main depots were in Milton and Balclutha, and the yellow and brown trucks have long been a familiar sight in the region.

By the time I got hold of a camera in the mid-’80s, the Wilsons’ fleet consisted mainly of International’s with Acco’s, T-lines and S-lines. Prior to this however, there were some even more iconic and classic brands including numerous Australian-sourced Leaders and F-Model Macks. Wilsons has run curtainsiders, bulk trucks, tankers, livestock, and logging trucks, just to name a few.

Many truck brands have been represented in the livery since the International dominance, including Fodens, Scanias, Kenworths and DAFs.

In 2008, Wilsons Transport amalgamated with Dunedin Carrying Company, which created one of the largest transport operations in the region. Today, the number of yellow and brown trucks has diminished seemingly due to that amalgamation, but the Wilsons Group of Companies is still a big entity, remaining as one of two major shareholders of Dunedin Carrying, as well as other business interests which also involve transport.

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