Allan Scott (businessman)

Archibald Allan Scott, AO (1923–28 October 2008) was a South Australian businessman, most well known for his Mount Gambier-based transport, property, and media interests.


Scott was best known for founding the truck organisation Scott's Transport in Mount Gambier, South Australia, which has since grown to be one of the biggest freight companies in Australia, rivalling Linfox. In 1988 Scott purchased local rival transport company K&S Freighters and then listed it on the Australian Stock Exchange.[1] Alongside trucking, he had many business interests in Mount Gambier, including the town's newspaper, The Border Watch.

Scott was awarded a medal of Order of Australia (OAM) in June 1986[2] and made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in June 2006 for "service to the development of the transport industry, focusing on heavy vehicle driver safety training and through lobbying for improved infrastructure and development of an integrated freight network, and to the community through a broad range of sporting, medical research and aged care organisations".[3]

In 1997, Scott's became a major sponsor of Port Adelaide Football Club upon their entry into the Australian Football League.[4] In early 2004, Scott criticised Port Adelaide coach Mark Williams, stating that Williams would never coach Port to an AFL premiership. Following Port Adelaide's victory in the 2004 AFL Grand Final, Williams made the famous speech "Allan Scott - You were wrong!".[5]

Personal lifeEdit

After a 55-year career, Scott died of heart failure on 28 October 2008 in hospital in Mount Gambier aged 85.[6] He was survived by his wife Grace, children, and 14 grandchildren. His death as one of Australia's richest people led to a highly publicised legal battle over his $600 million fortune among his family.[7]


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  4. ^ Bianco Building Supplies become joint major sponsor of Port Adelaide[dead link]
  5. ^ Richard Hinds (27 September 2004). "Port now the powers that be". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 3 March 2007. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Lechelle Earl (28 October 2008). "Mt Gambier business magnate Allan Scott dies". Archived from the original on 29 October 2008. Retrieved 28 October 2008. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Family battle over Allan Scott's $600m". The Advertiser. 29 August 2009.