Sydney Harbour History


Our harbour history told by John Darroch.
A tale of explorers, sailors, convicts and landowners.


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Sydney Harbour History

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Harbour History

Our harbour history told by John Darroch.
A tale of explorers, sailors, convicts and landowners.

Most people take the ferries for granted. But they’re such a part of Sydney. Just like the harbour. They’ve both got this incredible history that has made the city what it is today. When I was a boy I used to visit my uncle in Curl Curl and catch a ferry to get there. That’s when my interest in the harbour started. At the time I really loved ships. And ferries were the closest things to ships that you could get. But they were better because you could see them every day. Ferries were Sydney’s first public transport. They used them to take people up to Parramatta where all the farms were. The first one was built by convicts. It was called the Rose Hill Packet. Well that was its official name. Everyone called it The Lump.

The people who were involved with the ferries were real characters. Like the convict, turned landowner, who started the very first ferry service. That was Billy Blue.
John Darroch. Mariner, Historian

There is so much rich history around Sydney Harbour and the ferries are the perfect way to get to know it. And the best thing is, you can discover it at your own pace.

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