Historical Commercial Vehicle Association
The Historic Commercial Vehicle Association (HCVA) was formed in 1964 by a small group of people that had an interest in road transport commercial vehicles. The Association became a not for profit Co - Operative in September 1976. Since then, our ranks have grown and the HCVA now operates the Sydney Bus & Truck Museum from the old Leichhardt Tram Depot.
To operate a museum interpreting, preserving and operating commercial vehicles and their heritage in all aspects,
To compile a history of public or commercial vehicles,
To collect, compile, publish and/or sell records, badges, books, magazines, models, photographs or any other matter or thing connected with or relating to public or commercial vehicles, past, present or future,
To locate, acquire or restore any public or commercial vehicle,
To provide a meeting place for those interested in public or commercial vehicles
To provide facilities to exchange news and views related to public or commercial vehicles
To take part in any rally, tour, exhibition, public activity or event.
In recognition of the earlier activities, the State Government in 1986 made available the former Tempe tram depot to the HCVA. The purpose was to establish a working museum, storage and work site, so that buses and trucks could be restored. The threat that many elderly exhibits would simply rust away has been removed. The museum was opened to the public in late 1986. Thus the Sydney Bus Museum was born and immediately became a community organization. The exhibits housed at Tempe are a unique collection of our history and the concept is truly a hands on working museum.
There are over 90 vehicular exhibits at the museum. A majority are positioned for public viewing and many are in running condition. The oldest bus is a 1924 Ruggles and the oldest truck is a 1914 Leyland RAF. The newest bus is a 1978 Mercedes Benz O305 and the newest truck is a 1975 Leyland Buffalo. A number of exhibits are also stored offsite. There is also a large number of non-vehicular exhibits relating to public and commercial vehicles at the museum. Our Archives hold many historic documents and other items which help interpret our vehicular exhibits. The acquisition, restoration and disposal of exhibits is controlled to ensure that our public and commercial vehicle heritage will be secure long into the future.