Tom Kruse the Outback Mailman

This program explores the work of the legendary Tom Kruse who delivered the mail and supplies to the people of the Outback. Students will take part in an exciting re-enactment of his journey from Marree to Birdsville within the Museum grounds or at their school in a one-third scale model electric powered 1926 Leyland Badger truck.  Activities  include:

  • driving the truck,
  • loading and securing the load,
  • using HF radio to call for help,
  • writing and posting letters, and
  • delivering the mail and supplies along the way. 

Students can then look at the Museum exhibition featuring Tom’s original full size restored truck. Comprehensive course materials including pre-visit activities are supplied.

Students will benefit from having some knowledge of how essential goods were carried throughout the outback areas of Australia. Examples might include the Cameleers and early Hawkers. There is a range of lead up activities included in the course materials which students can complete prior to doing the program.

Teachers are encouraged to task students writing a letter which they can load into the mail bag on the truck. They will in turn receive a letter back. This activity is described in the course materials.

A comprehensive risk assessment is available if required. Students driving the vehicle is an optional activity.

Letter writing support can be found here:

National Motor Museum

Term 1-4

Level: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, Professional Learning
Area: English, HASS - Geography, HASS - History

Type: Special Program
Cost: $7.50 per student (inc GST) or $3.00 equity
Participants: Maximum 30 students per class
Duration: 90 minutes

School bookings

All school visits must be booked in advance. To book a visit, please contact a booking officer:

All education programs are $7.50 per student or $3.00 equity

Organising your visit

For more information about the education programs, contact Education Manager Ian Reed: