Old Camberwell Grammarians' Association

Gallery of Achievement


Mr John C Usher OAM (1957)

In 1963 John left his teaching career to join the family bus business, becoming Managing Director of the business in 1968. During the next 33 years, Croydon Bus, trading as “Invicta”, grew from a 20 bus fleet to operating more than 80 buses in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne.

Invicta introduced several firsts into bus operation in the Melbourne area, including “TeleBus”® demand responsive services, radio communication with buses, and the first articulated bus and low-floor midi-buses to operate in Melbourne. John has been involved in the Tasmanian bus industry since 1985, and holds a controlling interest in TassieLink Transit. Previous achievements of this business and its staff include (as Tasmanian Wilderness Travel) several Tasmanian Tourism Awards, which culminated in the acceptance of the business into the Tasmanian Tourism “Hall of Fame”.

John was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 1975/76 to study the supply and contracting of outer suburban bus services. His report led to further investigation by Government and Industry, finally culminating in the adoption of a contracting model for the provision of bus services.

John is a Life Member and Past President of Bus Association Victoria, and a Past President of the Australian Bus and Coach Association, and has represented the bus and coach industry in various negotiations with Victorian and Tasmanian transport departments. He has consulted in Australia and New Zealand on bus operations.

He has also served as an industry representative on government committees at both State and Federal levels. He has presented/published numerous papers on public transport policy and operation, both in Australia and overseas. In 2007 he gained the Bus Industry Confederation Award for “Outstanding Contribution to the Industry”.