"Sonny" Kervin (1912-) -- Cessnock bus driver. Recorded 30 November 1983. Part 2/2.
Sonny was a very early bus driver originally with Foggs and then many years with Rover Motors.
"Rab" Lewis, bus inspector
Council bus inspectors -
Keith Lambert – Council used to inspect the buses.
Rovers purchase South Maitland buses -
Location of Kurri garage -
Recollection, bus repair/maintenance – Sonny and Les used to go down to the Kurri garage to grease the buses and all the repairs took place at Cessnock.
Les Kervin, took over the Nulkaba run owned by Rovers. He had men from Rovers to help with the work. Roy Fogg and Ken Stephenson
Sid Fogg, Amos Fogg in opposition to Hancock.
Peter Phillips, Bobby Hill.
Recalls Kearsley run (opp. Hancock's)Pit runs.
In about 1938 Mrs. Hancock bought Rovers out - purchases Abernethy run
Amos Fogg, Mayfield bus service -
"The Painted Lady", Rovers buses came over from the Newcastle run after Fogg and Barksby had been bought out and continued to run for nearly 12 months before the Government stopped them. Lang stopped them.
Stewart Mordue married Amos’ daughter. Barksby and Amos had shares in Rovers.
Jimmy Hill was on the Esso Petrol Wagon and did some driving on a Saturday night, William "Bill" Hancock
Arthur Hancock – William and Arthur Hancock -
Luscombe & W. Hancock's bus service started a run from Kemp’s Corner over Kemp’s Hill out to Kearsley. Luscombe pulled out and the two brothers went back into business together.
"Marguerite", "Canberra", "May" – were three buses they had until they had break up and Bill took “Marguerite” and Arthur took the other two. In 1925 a train ran into Bill on Kearsley level crossing and Nick Govoronsky was on the bus. Arthur took the two boys but old Bill never recovered from that accident.
Reason for fallout of Hancock Bros. 1925 – newspaper heading – The Hancock Bros fight in court. – Arthur had a bad temper.
Herb Bayley saw Arthur run straight into Bill head on.
Sonny worked as a coal carrier, horse & dray -
Frank Swan – coal carter
Geoff Scott, Milton Scott (Milton and Andy had a run in Sydney – Milton was the mechanic and Andy was the driver and George owned it.)
Andy Scott – worked in the Store after the war.
George Ryder, anecdote
"Rab" Lewis, anecdote
Dorothy Ryder organises two tickets to the races for Rab.
Tom Street – proper gentleman
Harold Ford – run to Greta
Addams' from Aberdare purchased Batterham's buses
"Rab" Lewis worked 2 or 3 years at Aberdare pit
"Rab" Lewis' involvement with Rovers
Billy McLachlan – tennis players
Harvey Gray – hit by a car.
Tennis courts built opposite the school in 1923. The seats came to
the courts when George Ryder brought Country week to Cessnock.
Billy James – good tennis player.
Staff numbers at Rover Motors – bit over a thousand.
46:24 End of Tape 149/Side B part 2/2
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