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History

Transport World is a wheeled collection that has taken nearly 50 years to amass. Starting out as one man's passion and further developed by his family, it now includes two world class automotive museums which house hundreds of classic cars, vintage trucks and motorcycles. 

This man was Bill Richardson. Interested in trucks and transport from a young age, Bill Richardson went on to establish his first transport company in the late 1960's. This company was called Southern Transport. Under his guidance it went from strength to strength and today his company is known as the HWR Group. During his lifetime Bill had to purchase many trucks for his business and he later conceded that sometimes, in his words, 'bought a truck more with our hearts than with our heads.' He bought Bill Richardson Transport World trucks with his heart. Learn more about his journey and Transport World through our timeline below. 

Bill Richardson Transport World Invercargill Baby

17 October 1940

Bill Richardson is born

Bill Richardson was born on 17 October 1940, to Harold and Joyce Richardson. Bill wrote - 'My father...

Bill Richardson Southland Boys High Invercargill

1948

Bill starts collecting truck brochures

Bill's fascination with trucks started at a young age. He began collecting brochures early on. 'I ha...

Bill Richardson Transport World Diamond T truck R Richardson

1957

Bill starts work

At 16 Bill left Southland Boys High School for a different path. He began work at his father's build...

1933 International D1 truck Bill Richardson Transport World Invercargill2

1967

Bill purchases first vintage truck

In 1967 Bill purchased his grandfather, Robert Richardson's 1933 International D1 truck. Bill wrote ...

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1970-1980

The collection grows...

The collection took off slowly. Bill spotted an identical 1933 International D1 to his grandfather's...

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1985

First trucks displayed

The truck collection was moved into Bill's father's old company R. Richardson Ltd engineers block on...

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1987

First purpose-built extension and American trucks

The first purpose-built extension was completed. The collection grew fast from here on. Bill added t...

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1992

Harold's Shed and British trucks

The collection was growing so fast it needed even more space, so they built a shed. By this time Bil...

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2005

Bill dies

Bill suddenly died in 2005, leaving his wife Shona and daughter Joc in charge of the business and co...

Bill Richardson Transport World Bills Shed Event Opening

2015

Bill Richardson Transport World opens

After the family purchased an extensive collection of early Ford cars they decided to open the museu...

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23 November 2016

Classic Motorcycle Mecca opens

Earlier in 2016, Transport World bought the New Zealand Classic Motorcycle collection from Nelson do...