Just an Irish Truckie 1901 – 1933
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A Coffee-Table Book
|Cover Type:||Hardback||Book Format:||A4 Landscape|
|Pages:||Limited Edition 97 Pages||Photos:||168 B/W, Sepia & Color|
|Book Type:||Print (CLICK FOR DIGITAL)||Author:||Kiernan Family|
James Kiernan Transport Story
A Brief History James Kiernan Transport was born in County Cavan, Ireland in 1878, the son of a farmer and brother to thirteen other children. the family had survived the infamous potato famines of the the mid 1800s and while there was still much unrest over repressive English law, the family had avoided conflict and had developed their farm at Lisanymore, north-west of Dublin near the town of Virginia in County Cavan.
By 1901 James, age 23 saw a better future in the New World and took passage on the SS Duke of Portland, arriving in Brisbane that year. During the next 22 years he developed his skills as a mechanic and moved between Brisbane, Murwillumbah and Melbourne, even taking a trip to London and return during WWI. He travelled to the Western Australian goldfields in 1916 and it is rumoured that he, with some unlucky partners, prematurely sold what was to become the Marvel Loch gold mine before he moved to Perth. He entered service with the Swan Brewery Company as a mechanic on their fleet of horse drawn drays and horseless carriages.
Commissioned by the Kiernan Family.
Editor Lou Macchia, Capital Production.
Producer Jay McDaniell.
This book is dedicated to our father Laurie Kiernan