1937 – the first home removal
The Larsen family have been in the home removal business, in Queensland, since 1929. And so today, Ocean and Outback House Removals, owned by Graham Larsen and his wife Melanie, are continuing the tradition started in the 1920’s by Graham’s grandfather, Percy Larsen.
In 1937 brothers Percy and Stewart Larsen relocated a house at Kingaroy Qld (pictured above and below). Ironically, the same house was relocated again in November 2011 by brothers Jamie and Graham Larsen from Kingaroy to Nanango. Jamie Larsen, owner of Burnett House Removals, was the principle contractor for this relocation. Graham Larsen, owner of Ocean & Outback House Removals was responsible for relocating the smaller section of house, which was an extension to the original home.
The truck used in 1937 was a 1929 Dodge, purchased new by the brothers Percy and Stewart. Jamie Larsen still owns this truck today and intends to restore it to its original glory.
the 80’s and hydraulics
In 1983 the Larsens invested in their first hydraulic trailer fitted with a 6 ft. lift. Graham, then aged 9, was often out with his father on home removal jobs and was allowed to operated his father’s first hydraulic house removal trailer.
The truck was an ex-Russels Transport Diamond T with 180 hp, supercharged Cummins 5 speed main box with 4 speed joey box. The house pictured below was relocated from Pie Creek Gympie to Widgee.