Light Horse soldier set up bus run
ALBERT Victor Ryan was a well-known local figure last century and a member of the Light Horse.
With Anzac Day approaching, Albert's grandson, Kevin Ryan, wanted to share his ancestor's story, which he learned about by seeking historical records from the National Archives of Australia.
Albert worked on the breakwalls and as a lighthouse keeper on South Solitary Island before founding Ryans Bus Service, which started by carrying mail and people between Coffs Harbour and Woolgoolga.
He was known as "Tiger Ryan" and before settling in Coffs Harbour, he joined the Light Horse in 1915, which had him posted to the 6th Squadron 2nd Remounts in Egypt.
"In his squadron was a man named Banjo Paterson who wrote Waltzing Matilda and The Man from Snowy River," Kevin said.
"This unit was fondly known as the 'Horse-dung Hussars' because it looked after the vitally important horses and army mules."