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29-August-2010 (Ian Doyle)
29-August-2010 (Ian Doyle)

Photographs supplied by Diane Watson / Ian Doyle

The portrait bust commemorates Tom Kruse, the outback mailman who delivered mail on the Birdsville track.

Esmond Gerald (Tom) Kruse MBE (1914 – 2011) was a former mail carrier on the Birdsville Track in the border area between South Australia and Queensland. He became known as the result of John Heyer's 1954 film The Back of Beyond. The year after the film's release in the 1955 New Year Honours, Kruse was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for "services to the community in the outback".

The famous Badger mail truck which delivered more than 7000 letters from all over the world, is now restored and housed permanently at the National Motor Museum, has recently been bequeathed to the people of South Australia.

Inducted into the National Transport Hall of Fame in 2000 at Alice Springs, Kruse has now been officially recognized as an Outback Legend by Australian Geographic, while both he and the Badger were nominated South Australian icons by the National Trust.


Address:2 Norris Bell Avenue, National Road Transport Hall of Fame Memorial Garden, Alice Springs, 0870
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -23.7775
Long: 133.868064
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:People
Artist:Patricia Mosely


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 29th August, 2010
Front Inscription

Plaque :

Birdsville Track Mailman
E. G. (Tom) Kruse MBE

Officially unveiled by 
Ted Egan AO
E.G. (Tom Kruse) MBE

29 August 2010

Plaque :

Sculpted by Patricia Moseley F.R.S.A.S.A

(sponsors names) 

Birdsville Track Mailmen

Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au