Pettigrew, Sir Russell

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Sir Russell Pettigrew’s first transport venture involved carting fence posts and battens after returning from World War II in 1944.  Later he formed R H Pettigrew Transport Ltd and developed the most extensive freight, timber, livestock and forwarding transport operations in the North Island.  Sir Russell then helped to create Freightways, New Zealand’s largest international road, rail air and sea service operation.  He was knighted for his services to transport, community and sport in 1982.