‘Sherby’ honoured with induction
Having grown up around trucks his whole life, the transport industry was the only career option David ‘Sherby’ Grimison considered as a young man.
A third generation transport operator, David was honoured with induction into the Deniliquin and District Transport Industry Wall of Fame in September 2016.
He was an inaugural inductee, sharing the honour with Alan and Kate Murphy.
David continued a legacy started by his grandfather Herbert Grimison and father Ken Grimison before him.
‘‘My grandfather had a truck in Balranald and only ever operated with the one truck,’’ David said.
‘‘My father was a prisoner of war in World War II, and on his return he went straight into the transport industry.
‘‘He started his own business here in Deniliquin — Ken Grimison Transport.’’
Initially inheriting his father’s business alongside his brother Ian, who then pursued a different career,
David then went out on his own and started his business in Jane St, Deniliquin 49 years ago.
It wasn’t long before expansion was required, and at one time David Grimison & Co Transport had 14 trucks and depots at Deniliquin, Wagga and at Millmerrin in Queensland.
Now solely operating from Deniliquin, on Saleyards Rd, with seven trucks and 12 employees, David still gets out on the road himself.
‘‘I grew up in the industry and have been around trucks all my life; I never thought I would do anything else.
‘‘We mainly do livestock cartage and grain storage.’’
David and his wife Debbie’s son Jamie is the fourth generation to enter the industry.
He owns his truck and works for his father and other companies.
David said while his nomination for the Wall of Fame was not a surprise, he said being inducted certainly was.
‘‘I didn’t think I would have much hope because there were a fair few (nominees) in there.
‘‘It was a great night and the committee did very well to organise it—it’s a credit to them.’’