A biography a WA man is writing about his father will bring back memories of the early days of oil and gas drilling in the State. And Noel Sweeny Jr, 80, has memories of more than just his own family to share. He drove long-haul trucks for his father’s transport company, Noel Sweeny Pty Ltd., which carted loads all over WA including oil drilling equipment for the State’s first commercial well in the Carnarvon Basin. The biography will cover things like the company landing a 2500-tonne drilling rig from a ship in the Exmouth Gulf in 1952, and dragging it up the beach in pieces on trucks towed by a bulldozer. The rig, imported from Houston, was used to drill the State’s first commercial oil well, Rough Range 1, near the North West Cape. The company also transported other rigs around the State, hauled explosives for exploration companies, including in Yardarino, and carted whale meat from the whaling station in Albany. “It’s a story that needs telling,” said Mr Sweeny, who lives in Perth. He said the idea came about when his sons would ask him more about stories he told of his life. “Talking general conversation they would say ‘remember when we did this, remember we did that?’” “There was a lot about my life the boys didn’t know. We (also) didn’t really know his (dad’s) younger years,” he said. Noel Sr died in 1970 at 60 years of age.