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Second life for pioneering truck

Published Tuesday, 28th July 2015

The City is currently in possession of a precious piece of Wanneroo history – a fully restored truck used on one of the area’s old market gardens.

Mayor Roberts with vintage truck.

The vintage truck is on loan to the Wanneroo Regional Museum for 18 months from Sinagra resident Frank Puglia.

Mr Puglia is the grandson of Wanneroo pioneers Steve and Kata Chokolich, one of the first pioneering families recognised in 1979.

Steve Chokolich bought the Chevrolet 4 new in 1928 and would often loan it to the old Wanneroo Road Board to carry food and refreshments to various functions at places like Yanchep and Moore River.

It has remained in the family since Steve’s death in 1934.

Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said the City and Wanneroo Regional Museum was very pleased and proud to be entrusted with such a significant historical and cultural item.

“The City is eager to investigate the possibility of safely housing the truck at Cockman House to give residents the opportunity to view and appreciated this magnificent vehicle,” she said.

Every part of the truck is original and in working order thanks to Mr Puglia who worked diligently to restore it to its former glory in 2002.

The vintage truck is currently being kept securely and will be on display to the public at the next Buckingham House open day on 11 October from 1 to 4pm.

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