Bungaree

The Cross Harbour Service

Bungaree

The Cross Harbour Service

Class: Emerald Class
Service: 2017
Capacity: 400
Speed: 26 kn
Length: 36.38 m
Displacement: 110 t
Route: Eastern Suburbs, Inner Harbour
Origin of Name: Named after the Aboriginal explorer and leader, Bungaree.

Bungaree or Boongaree, from Broken Bay, sailed as a go-between on English ships with Matthew Flinders who called him “a worthy and brave fellow.” Travelling with Flinders on HMS Investigator between 1802 and 1803, Bungaree became the first Australian to circumnavigate the continent. He also travelled to north-western Australia with explorer Phillip Parker King in the HM Cutter Mermaid. In 1804 at Farm Cove, Bungaree famously demonstrated a return boomerang. He was a favourite of Governor Lachlan Macquarie who made him a “chief” and presented him with a metal breastplate engraved with the title “Boongaree Chief of the Broken Bay Tribe 1815”. Governor Macquarie also gave Bungaree a fishing boat and built huts for his people on a farm at Georges Head. A joker and a mimic, in his later life Bungaree dressed in a red military jacket, tattered trousers and a cocked hat. He was the most colourful character in early Sydney Town and was described by The Australian newspaper as “the venerable Aboriginal Chief of the Broken Bay and Sydney tribe”. Bungaree became ill and died on 24 November 1830. He was buried at Rose Bay. (c.1775-1830)

The Emerald Class Ferries are the latest addition to the Sydney Ferries fleet. Built by Incat in Tasmania, they are designed to look similar to the iconic First Fleet class vessels. Six were ordered and entered service during 2017.

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