Bill Richardson always had a passion for trucks. So it was only natural that he began to collect them. The collection started with the purchase of the remains of his grandfather’s 1933 International truck. He went on to purchase a handful of trucks over the next few years but the collection really started to expand rapidly in the mid eighties.
At the time of Bill’s death in 2005 he had over 170 vehicles, numerous petrol bowsers and related memorabilia. It was the Richardson family’s desire that the collection continue to expand and be available to people who share Bill’s passion.
On Friday October 19th 2007 the new wing and entrance to Bill’s Truck Museum was opened, the result of over 16 months of planning, construction and restoration.
Bill’s wife Shona and daughter Joc opened the new extensions, which were dedicated to Bill and his late son Harold.
Presently the museum is home to 230 trucks and 150 petrol bowsers, and is still growing. Four wheel tractors and five crawler tractors in the collection reflect Bill’s interest in farm machinery. While trucks will continue to be the main focus who knows what the future may hold.
The museum is still open by appointment only and is overseen by curator Graeme Williams. To make an appointment to view, contact Graeme on 0272 088 651.