Lights On The Hill-History

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"Lights On The Hill" is a memorial to truck, rig and coach drivers who have passed away while driving in Australia. Each year a convoy of trucks converges on the monument to pay their respects and celebrate the lives of their friends and loved ones who have passed on.

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Lights On The Hill-History

  1. 1. History of Lights on the Hill Truck & Coach Drivers Memorial <br />
  2. 2. Oh dear! my attempt at trying to draw what I wanted <br />
  3. 3. In 2005 the then Gatton Shire Council staff built the foundations <br />
  4. 4. Progress <br />
  5. 5. Flag poles and pathway<br /> PREPAIRING FOR THE FLAG POLES<br /> HIGHWAY COMPLETED<br />
  6. 6. Designing the fountain <br /> DESIGNED BY GARRY WHITE - WHEEL NAD STACKS DONATED BY MACK TRUCKS <br />
  7. 7. READY NOW FOR THE OPENING <br />
  8. 8. OPENING DAY 9TH OCTOBER 2005<br />YOUNG TAYLOR WILLIAMSON IN PINK BOW, OFFICIALLY OPENED THE WALL AGED 9, HER FATHER WAS KILLED IN A TRUCK ACCIDENT<br />
  9. 9. OFFICIAL GUESTS AT THE OPENING<br />Dusty Fraser from 98.9FM<br />Patron John “The Ferret” Moran<br />Kathy White & Denise Crawford<br />Mayor of Gatton Steve Jones<br />Narie From Mack trucks <br />Kevin Saxby<br />Darren Hoskins<br />Lou conducted the service for the day<br />Continued next page<br />Kelly Dixon<br />Mick Bowden<br />Geoff Smith<br />
  10. 10. Betty:- lost her husband <br />Sharron:- lost her brother <br />Merle:- lost her husband<br />Amanda - lost her father Amanda raised over $2500-00 from busking in Claremont Queensland <br />TAYLOR WILLIAMSON OFFICIALLY OPENED LIGHTS ON THE HILL TRUCK/COACH DRIVERS MEMORAIL ON THE 9TH OCTOBER 2005<br />
  11. 11. REMEMBER OUR TRUCKIES<br />As we look out and see the lights on the hill<br />I ask you to take a little time if you will<br />To remember those truckies who gave their lives<br />And to spare a thought for their families and wives.<br />For our Australian trucking industry<br />Is surely the backbone of our great country<br />Hauling produce, merchandise, feed and stock<br />The trucks roll on around the clock.<br />From Adelaide to Alice on the Darwin run<br />From Sydney to Perth across the Nullarbor they come<br />These truckies are a breed of their own<br />Like our Aussie swaggie they are born to roam.<br />The truck stop is always a welcome site<br />As they drive through daylight and into the night<br />They know the roads like the back of their hand <br />And with pride they travel across the land.<br />Climbing into the sleeper for a well earned nap<br />Catching a little shut eye for soon they must get back<br />Back to follow that white line down the road.<br />But the rugged looking bloke behind that wheel <br />Has a heart of gold and nerves of steel<br />Hi is someone’s daddy and someone&apos;s son<br />Someone&apos;s Partner a very special one.<br />So lets build a wall no matter what the cost<br />A memorial of remembrance of those we’ve lost<br />And as we look out at those lights on the hill <br />Please remember our fallen truckies if you will.<br />By Lea Enchelmaier © 2005<br />Lea Enchelmaier - bush poet wrote this poem for the opening day, it is used at every memorial day <br />
  12. 12. Memorial days that followed:- held every second Saturday of October<br />Pastor Lynette Dawson<br />Continued next page<br />
  13. 13. Part of the crowd at opening<br />2009 memorial there were aprox 3000 people attended <br />Dionne White and Travis Sinclair sing the National Anthem with the children at the start of every memorial day<br />A picture tells a thousand words<br />Families place flowers at the wall<br />
  14. 14. What more can we say<br />“WE MISS YOU MATE”<br />
  15. 15. Lights on the Hill<br />Lights on the Hill was founded by Kathy White, Kathy started to raise funds in 2003 the wall was officially opened in 2005. Designed by Kathy with the help of JH Wagner and sons, built by JH Wagner and sons of Toowoomba and the Gatton Shire Council .<br />All funds were raised by Kathy to complete stage one of the wall. <br />Kathy White would like to thank all the people who volunteered there time to help with this project without you it would have never happened.<br />Keep an eye on this site for stage two.<br />The first convoy was held in 2004 to help raise funds it was so popular Kathy was to afraid not to hold another one, this is how the convoy grew it is held each year in the last weekend of February.<br />Please donate to this magnificent cause <br />Kathy White<br />

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