NSW Vehicular Ferries
The objective of this project was to capture some of the personal stories behind the State's vehicular ferries.
The project did not seek to present a definitive history of the ferries, rather a recounting of personal stories about life with the ferries and some memorable events, told by those involved.
The interviewees discussed floods, accidents, equipment failures, the types of vehicles and freight using the ferry service, the role of the ferry in the local community and economy, the heritage significance of ferries, a typical work day on a ferry, the problems and hazards associated with ferry maintenance.
The primary output of the study was over 40 hours of taped interviews with people involved in all aspects of the ferries across NSW, including their administration, design, construction, towing, maintenance and operation and, local communities served by ferries.
The opinions expressed in the oral history interview tapes are those of the individuals concerned and do not necessarily represent in whole or in part the position of Transport for NSW (TfNSW).
NSW Vehicular Ferries whole sound file
NSW Vehicular Ferries individual sound files
Parts 1 - 6
Part 1: Introduction/The historical significance of ferries/Technical aspects/Disappearing construction & maintenance skills/Cables/Maintenance scheduling/Installation of winches at Mortlake (MP3, 7.3 MB)