I have read the brief history of Swagman on your website, but it seems to differ slightly from the information I have. My information comes from a group of papers Norm gave me when I joined the team. Your information states the following:
'The company originated in 1957 as Swagman Overland Tours, running overland camping tours to North Africa and India. Nepal replaced Bombay as the final destination at the time of the Israeli/Arab war. In the late sixties, in a bid for the American market, the company was renamed Asian Greyhound Ltd., retaining the original name for the longer of the two routes to Kathmandu.'
The information I have states that the first company, which started in 1957, was called 'Waltzing Matilda Overland Service. Swagman didn't come into being until 1960, which was then changed to Asian Greyhound in 1970. I have copied the information from Norm's printed matter, which states:
'Asian Greyhound is, by a process of elimination, the longest running overland company, or for that matter, camping tour operator. It has grown from the original ‘Waltzing Matilda Overland Service, which was an unregistered outfit first operating at the end of 1957, on the Indian route. It had run for a year in Morocco and Algeria, but was discouraged by the Algerian troubles.
In 1960, after disagreement between the two partners of the old Waltzing Matilda, Swagman Tours came into being. For many years it was simply Norm Harris and one bus. The company expanded in about 1965 to two buses, and has been growing slowly since then. The named changed in January 1970 to Asian Greyhound, partly to get at the American market, and also because Swagman Tours was too Australian for the British market. Swagman has been retained simply as a name for the main tour.'