Abeles, Peter Emil Herbert, Sir

Born: Apr 25, 1924 AD
Died: 1999 AD, at 75 years of age.

Nationality: Austrian
Categories: Businessmen

1924 - Born on the 25th of April in Vienna, Austria.

1944 - He was was sent to a Nazi work camp, when Germany invaded Hungary.

1949 - He fled the devastation left by World War II, and moved to Australia.

       - He and his friend George Rockey, a fellow Hungarian immigrant, bought two trucks,
           which they named "Samson" and "Delilah", and set up a transport company, "Alltrans".

1967 - Alltrans merged with Thomas Nationwide Transport, under his guidance as managing director.

1979 - He entered into an agreement with media mogul Rupert Murdoch to take over Ansett Transport

1982 - He served as chief executive and joint managing director.

1992 - He left Thomas Nationwide Transport to concentrate his efforts on the ailing Ansett.

        -  He occasionally cut a controversial figure with his unscrupulous business tactics,
           and was seen as unsympathetic towards minority shareholders.

        -  He served on the board of the Reserve Bank of Australia, and was chairman of the
           Australian Cancer Research Foundation.

1999 - He died on the 25th of June in Sydney at the age of 75.

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