May Gibbs to be honoured on Sydney Harbour

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May Gibbs, one of Australia’s most treasured children’s authors will be recognised on Sydney Harbour with the last of the six new Sydney Ferries to be named in her honour. 

Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance has today revealed that the final name of the Emerald 6 ferry, branded as Ferry McFerry Face for the Summer, will be named after the iconic children’s author.

“We always intended this vessel would be named for the kids. After a summer on the harbour, Ferry McFerryface will now be renamed after prominent Australian author May Gibbs. This will retain the vessel’s appeal to our youngest customers while also recognising an Australian icon with a long connection to Sydney,” Mr Constance said.

“2018 also marks 100th anniversary of the first publication of her famous children’s classic Tales of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie.”

As well as being an iconic author, Ms Gibbs also gave so much to the disability sector of NSW and after her passing in 1969 she left the copyright of her works to Northcott Disability Services and Cerebral Palsy Alliance. 

“She was an amazing Australian talent and a generous soul to Sydney, NSW and all of Australia and I am proud we have found a small way to honour her contributions on Sydney Harbour,” Mr Constance said. 

The vessel has been in operation since November 2017 when it was registered as Emerald 6 for maritime purposes and was branded Ferry McFerryface during the summer holiday period.