Clem Hill was born in 1920 in Port Augusta. He enlisted in the army in 1941 and was drafted to Alice Springs as a transport driver. He worked driving Chevrolets, Bedfords and International trucks. There were no bitumen roads. He recalls, after the bombing of Darwin, assisting with the evacuation of women and children south. He was discharged in November 1945. Returning to Port Augusta he worked for the railways. With family commitments and the dream of his own business he started a taxi truck business in 1948. The business expanded to include general freight and furniture removals and in 1950 Clem Hill Carrying Service began initially doing three trips weekly between Port Augusta and Adelaide. The long hours away certainly made a depot in Adelaide very welcome.
As demand grew so did the business requiring the employment of drivers and the purchase of more motor vehicles. [...]