Five generations & still on the move
MOVING is in the blood for Daniel and Michael Dal-Bon.
The fifth generation removalists are descended from Charles Saggus, who began moving people's possession by horse and dray in the Armidale area more than 100 years ago.
While great-great grandfather Charles used original four-footed horsepower, it did not take long for his descendants to make the most of trucks.
Half a century ago, Joy Dal-Bon's parents Noel and Joan Saggus were able to photograph their two big NV Saggus Removals and Storages trucks lined up outside their depot in Urunga.
Joy, the youngest of their five children grew up in the furniture removal industry.
John Dal-Bon helped his parents Gloria and Silvano Dal-Bon move into town from their Karangi banana farm and then went to work in that business, owned by Joy's older sister, where he met Joy.
After the couple married they lived in and later bought the old Saggus family home in North Street where they reared their four children, Kerry-Lou, Michael, Daniel and Polly.
In 1998 the family moved to Karangi and in February, after clocking up a combined 44 years of work in the furniture business, John and Joy decided to follow the Saggus family tradition and start their own removal and storage business with their children.
In keeping with the Saggus tradition of green and yellow signage, the logo for the new firm, Coffs Harbour Relocations and Storage, combines a road winding across a banana leaf into the sunset, representing the traditions of the Dal-Bon family; the life of a removalist always on the road and the home base at (usually) bright and sunny Coffs Harbour.
They have a spacious storage facility with a back-to base security system at their depot at 3/19 June Street, where they supply packing materials, cartons, tape and wrapping paper as well as providing clean, dry and secure storage where goods are listed and professionally stacked under protective calico dust covers to prevent condensation.
For those who want a fuss-free move, they will do all your packing, moving and storing for you.
As well as household goods, they can provide transport for pets, cars, trailers and boats and they also carry out home cleaning, lawn maintenance and domestic rubbish removal.