A History of Ferries on the Central Coast of NSW – Gosford and Wyong areas

A History of Ferries on the Central Coast of NSW – Gosford and Wyong areas

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Detailed history of the first ferries on Brisbane Water and Tuggerah Lakes.

A History of Ferries on the Central Coast of NSW – Gosford and Wyong areas

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Gwen Dundon, a well-known Central Coast historian, has spent 10 years researching this book. It provides a detailed history of the ‘the first wave’ of ferries that plied the Brisbane Water estuary and Tuggerah Lakes. Based on archival research and on interviews with the ferry drivers, crew members and local residents who used the ferries, the text is full of delightful anecdotes. They portray the many delights of travelling on the ferries – the social excursions, moonlight cruises and songs around the on-board piano – but also some of the trials – waiting many hours to float off a sandbar, being late for the last ferry home after a cinema show, or jumping for the ferry, missing the deck and being pulled from the water by the skipper or another passenger!.

The photographs (many of which are rare) illustrate the great variety of vessels used on the waterways, the incredible number of passengers carried at times, the congestion of the wharves on busy market days, and the conversions that occurred to many of the ferries to allow them to be used for other purposes. This book will appeal especially to those with family connections to the ferry services, but also to everyone with an interest in the history of the Central Coast waterways.

Soft cover, B5, vi +194 pages, 206 photographs, other illustrations, maps, notes, personal names index, vessel index and general index.

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Short Description Detailed history of the first ferries on Brisbane Water and Tuggerah Lakes.
Weight (g) 502.0000
Author Gwen Dundon
Publisher Deerubbin Press in association with Gwen Dundon
Date Published 2010
ISBN 0 9775613 6 4
Size 244mm x 170mm

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