• Our History

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We are helping customers move
goods to and from Darwin since 1981

For over 36 years we have been operating a fast and reliable road freight connection between Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Darwin. Find out more about our history, key achievements and milestones below.

  • 1981

    Founder William Shaw purchased his first Kenworth

    William purchased his first Kenworth prime mover to operate a road express service between Sydney and Darwin, as a subcontractor to one of the major national carriers.

    Shaw's Darwin Transport Founder William Shaw

  • 1982

    Fleet size expands

    William purchases additional prime movers and trailers, fleet begins to grow in size.


  • 1986

    ‘Shaw’s Darwin’ registered as a trade name

    The business name “Shaw’s Darwin” is officially registered.

  • 1994

    Fleet size continues to grow

    New specialist equipment has been added to the fleet to meet customer demand.


  • 2011

    New business ownership structure

    After thirty years as sole owner of a successful growing business, William decided to expand the ownership base of the business by encouraging his long term Managers to take a financial and controlling interest in the business.  On 31 March 2011, control of the business was passed over to the ‘New’ Board of Directors.  Board members consisting of Allan Thornley, Managing Director; Jim Backhouse National Fleet Maintenance Manager; Malcolm Pascoe, National Linehaul Manager; Paul Williams, Financial Controller, and Gary Broughton, Manager Northern Region.

  • 2013

    Fleet size expands further

    Fleet size is now at 43 Prime Movers and 127 Trailers, including maximum volume drop deck mezzanine floor tautliners, refrigerated tautliners, and refrigerated vans, plus local pick up and delivery vehicles.


  • 2014

    Two driver operation implemented

    Our safety record has been maintained by implementing a two-driver operation on all express movements. This allows goods dispatched on our road express services from Perth, Sydney, or Brisbane to arrive in Darwin only 56 hours later without compromising safety or reliability. In confirmation of our commitment to safety and responsible operation we hold nationally recognised accreditation in Vehicle Maintenance, Mass Compliance and Fatigue Management.

  • 2014

    Move to new Darwin depot

    The new facility, conveniently located at East Arm, totals some 11 acres; including two separate warehouses of 3600 m2 each linked by a covered freight handling area of 3600 m2. The bulk of the remaining area is developed as secure open hardstand for the storage of heavy equipment and supplies.


  • 2019

    Focus on innovative freight services into the future

    The road freight services industry in Australia is going through some exciting changes in 2019. Shaws Darwin Transport are focused on continually improving the services we offer.