Tom Kruse: The Outback Mailman

Students explore the work of legendary outback mailman Tom Kruse who delivered mail to South Australian outback stations and towns in the early 20th Century.

Available at the Museum or can come to you as a school incursion.

Suitable for years 3 -7.

Tom Kruse’s famed mail truck the 1936 Leyland Badger is on display at the Museum. The truck and Tom’s story are the focus of this education program. Across the Museum’s grounds students will take part in an exciting re-enactment of Tom’s journey from Marree to Birdsville in an electric powered scale model of the Leyland Badger.

Activities will include driving a scale model version of the truck, loading and securing deliveries, using an old HF radio, writing and posting letters, delivering the mail to ‘Birdsville’, using a rope and pulleys to extricate the truck when it is bogged and much much more!

The program was recently featured in the ABC news, read article here.

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