Motors was started by Fred Teague in October 1952.
Fred passed away 11th March 1994 after more than 42
years in the motor business and tourism industry.
The business is now operated by his son John and
daughter-in-law Janet. Fred's wife Eileen passed
away 19th October 1996.
The following are articles about Fred.
Reproduced from M.T.A of SA (Motor Trade Journal
Arthur Teague was born at Olary on 28th November,
1912, three months after his father had passed
away. As a young lad he helped his mother in the
Waukaringa Hotel, was a gold prospector, fox
shooter, post cutter, horse tailer in the droving
camps, worked in the shearing sheds, and drove
trucks for H.E. Ding of Yunta.
He met his wife Eileen in 1937 when she lived at
Lyndhurst. He drove the Marree-Birdsville Mail for
18 months from early 1937. During one trip he drove
from Marree with a fully loaded truck to the
Birdsville Hospital in 18 hours, and did the return
trip in 12 hours. That was a record for the
shortest trip. He said he also held the record for
the longest trip which took two weeks. Once he was
hurrying back from Birdsville to get to a dance in
Marree. When he got back he went to have a quick
rest, but when he awoke the dance had finished as
it was the next morning. Eileen and Fred were
married in Peterborough on the 4th March, 1940, and
had five children; Carlene, Marjorie, John, Cheryl
and Sharon. They moved to Hawker with Carlene as a
baby on Australia Day in 1941.
Fred bought A.T. Edwards & Sons General
Store in 1952, and worked at nights to transform
the shop into a garage while still driving the mail
during the day. Hawker Motors opened later that
year. Fred was the first country SAGASCO agent in
South Australia. He sold fridges, TVs, cars,
tractors, and was the Mobil fuel agent. Fred was
also involved in tourism, forming the first
Flinders Tourism Committee, and saw potential for
tourism in the area. This interest continued until
his death, and he has become known Australia wide
by visitors to the Flinders. His lifelong interest
and practical experience in geology, archaeology,
and anthropology also made him a person to be
consulted by many scientists researching the area.
was involved in many activities in Hawker, such as
being on the School Council as Chairman for many
years, showed the pictures at the Institute, ran
the Hawker Power House for a time, on the Rodeo
Committee and the Camera Club. Fred was a J.P. and
local Coroner formany years. He was the local
R.A.A. contractor for more than 40 years. All of
this time he was still running the garage and
raising a family.
In 1986, with his son John, he moved from the
original garage to the premises across the road
where he worked until his death. This was a
remarkable feat for an 81 year old. He is sadly
missed by the many locals and travellers who asked
for his advice or knowledge, and always expected
his friendly face and greeting to be there.
tribute at Fred's funeral by the Reverend Merv
Norman, a friend who went as a Methodist minister
to Hawker in the 1950s. " We were kindred spirits
in our shared love of family, the northern bush and
Flinders Ranges, all things mechanical, and a
fundamental desire to be useful and to serve
We shared many experiences, both around the home
and business, over numerous cups of tea, and also
on odd trips out bush. I marvelled at his
bushcraft, and what he was able to see in trees and
creeks where I saw nothing. Until with great care
and infinite patience, he would explain the mystery
and point out what must be obvious to any
reasonable being. I envied his ability to relate to
people across cultures. He accepted people as they
were. To the best of my knowledge, aboriginal
people as well as the white community regarded him
with great affection and respect. From time to
time, all were equally welcome in his home. Despite
limited formal education, he rose well above any
limitation this imposed upon him. I feel my most
apt description of this intelligent, multi-talented
man would be a quiet, gentle, generous man, with
wonderful patience, and a great sense of humour".
The MTA bids farewell to a fine Australian.
Reproduced from the RAA of SA Flinders Ranges
the people associated with the Flinders Ranges, one
of the most quietly knowledgeable and enthusiastic
is Fred Teague. Some visitors take on petrol at the
Hawker Motors service station run by Fred and his
son John, never dreaming that Fred Teague as been
one of the leading Flinders Ranges and outback
characters since the 1930s, or that the riches of a
lifetime of collecting are displayed inside the
service station. With the legendary Harry Ding, he
pioneered long-distance trucking. They used a
massive AEC unit with a ladder up to the cab and
three tiers of sheep pens.
Many years ago Fred told me that this monster
'pioneered sheep carting as we know it'. For a time
he swapped trucks for an early Ford V8, spending 18
months operating the famed Birdsville mail run -
sometimes two or three trips a week on the
atrocious track. In time Fred forsook those distant
horizons for a less hectic career as a garage owner
in Hawker. Not long after he had established Hawker
Motors he became the RAA Road Service contractor
during the 1950s and he is now among the
longest-serving of those dedicated country
troubleshooters for motorists.
For 60 years or so, Fred had been an inveterate
collector. It all began with some mineral specimens
which he discovered in the Flinders Ranges. The
compact museum, which is open to visitors, is
packed with geological and mineral specimens
ranging from beryl and bornite to exquisite
scholzite crystals from Reaphook Hill.
There are Aboriginal artifacts and a wide range
of regional items from a pedal radio to a camel's
shoe. A number of pieces come from the now-deserted
town of Waukaringa - Fred lived there once, for his
mother ran the hotel for nearly 20 years.
From another corner of his full life come one or
two strange geological specimens found along the
Birdsville Track. There are also fine examples of
the Ediacara fossils - first discovered by
Arkarooia's Reg Sprigg and the oldest forms of such
relatively advanced animal life ever found. If
anyone deserves the title of 'Mr Flinders Ranges'
it was Fred Teague.