A Five Generation Transport Heritage

From Horse and Cart Days…

When Charles Coulson bought the horse and cart carrier business in 1886 he began the Coulson Transport business that endured 135 years. Today Tony Lyons, a descendant of the Coulsons, continues this legacy with Critical Freight- Specialists in Flower & Sensitive Cargo.


In the years since his great-great-grandfather operated a horse and cart business around Melbourne, Coulson Transport operated liquid transport in rubber bulk collapsible containers, Bdoubles, fuel transport fleet for BP, and Australian Gypsum prior to its sale to Boral. Coulson built a sizable container transport business in later years, eclipsing the general cartage business. Coulson Transport was sold to Rocke Bros and then to Mayne Nickless in 1999, ultimately returning to the Rocke Bros in 2003.

Tony Lyons, director of Critical Freight has over 25 years experience with flower deliveries in Brisbane. When it comes to caring for and preserving the beauty and freshness of flowers- we have it covered.


135 year heritage in transport
Charles Coulson- Tony's Great Great Grandfather

Charles Coulson

Charles Coulson- Founded Coulson Transport (Tony’s Great Great Grandfather)

Late Nineteenth Century
George Limb

George Hayes Limb

In 1924, George Hayes Limb (Tony’s Grandfather) enjoys the best of motoring at the time, in the flying mile.

Edwin Hugh Coulson (Tony’s Great Grandfather), Shirley Irene Coulson (Tony’s Grandmother) and Rhoda Coulson(Tony’s Great Grandmother)

Meet the Coulsons

L-R Edwin Hugh Coulson (Tony’s Great Grandfather), Shirley Irene Coulson (Tony’s Grandmother) and Rhoda Coulson(Tony’s Great Grandmother).


Master Carriers

Letter recognising Coulsen’s contribution to transport in Australia.

letter from the prime minister

Letter From A J Fraser

A birthday message from Victorian Senator- A J Fraser


June Ley Flower Shop

Flower Store in Moonee Ponds Melbourne, operated by Shirley Limb (Tony’s mother) and June Limb (Tony’s aunty).

Rubber Collapsible Tanker

DIVERSIFICATION – Rubber Tank Technology

Coulson Transport added rubber collapsible tankers for chemical and fuel distribution. Coulson delivered heating fuel for BP and installed an innovative delivery hose unit, officially trademarked as the’ Scully Hose Nozzle’, that whistled to the driver when complete.


Coulson Group

George Edwin Limb (Tony’s uncle) second from the left, guided the Coulson’s Group from the early 1960’s.


Darwin Day Tours

Darwin Day Tours coach tours owned and operated by Richard Lyons


Crocodile Farm Tours commenced

Crocodile Farm Tours commenced


Brizzys Flowers

Initially at Windsor, then Sherwood, then a highly visible store at Milton

Critical Freight Services Rocklea

The Modern Age

Tony Lyons continues the family heritage of transport. Critical Freight is incorporated in 2019.