The old 262 School or ‘Cool’ Bus visited Kingscote, Kangaroo Island, on Friday October 10 to make a little piece of KI history.

Making history: Caroline (nee Stevens) Iasanzaniro, Jenni Barrett, Gary Bell, Barbara Hurst. David Daly is in the driver's seat of the 'Cool Bus'. Photo: Steve Howell.
Making history: Caroline (nee Stevens) Iasanzaniro, Jenni Barrett, Gary Bell, Barbara Hurst. David Daly is in the driver's seat of the 'Cool Bus'. Photo: Steve Howell.

After a flurry of social media activity and fond reminiscences, the old 262 School or ‘Cool’ Bus visited Kingscote on Friday October 10 to make a little piece of KI history.

Several of its ex-passengers paid a visit to relive old memories, excitedly chattering and telling stories of the early ‘70s when their trips on the bus were a daily occurrence.

David Daly who now owns the 1962 Bedford bus, bought it from his father-in-law, Warwick Little, for $5. Mr Little converted it to a mobile home and travelled all round Australia in 1985 with his wife. 

David had the bus made roadworthy and joined the Swan Hill Vintage and Classic Vehicle Club.

It is called the ‘Cool Bus’ in SA as it is unlawful to have have the words ‘School Bus’ displayed, so Mr Little had the Belair Scouts rub off the S and the H!

Gary Bell had rescued some old film from the school before a big fire, and kindly brought it along to show it to the bus fans and David and his wife Nita, causing squeals of recognition of old classmates.