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 & 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 and 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 - their administration, design, construction, towing, maintenance and operation - as well as those in local communities served by ferry.
A compilation CD and booklet summarising the key themes uncovered during the course of the project have been prepared, and may be ordered from the Transport Library at a cost of A$11 plus postage and handling. Orders may also be placed by fax to the Transport Library on 61 2 8849 2488.
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 RMS.
Researchers and historians wishing to access the source interview tapes and associated logs should contact the Transport Library by phone on 61 2 8849 2913.