May Gibbs

The Cross Harbour Service

May Gibbs

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 author, May Gibbs.

May Gibbs was an Australian illustrator, author, cartoonist and environmentalist whose uniquely Australian bush fairy tales have delighted children and adults alike for more than 100 years. The first of her bush babies books, Gumnut Babies, was published in 1916, followed by many more stories of adventurous little wildflowers and their encounters with bush beasties. Her 1918 book Snugglepot and Cuddlepie is still in print and is considered a children’s classic. May Gibbs lived in Neutral Bay in her house ‘Nutcote’, which was nestled in the bush beside Sydney Harbour. She lived and worked there for 44 years, drawing inspiration for her books and weekly comic strip Bib and Bub, from her life at home and on the harbour. She taught generations of children to love and care for Australia’s flora and fauna. She donated Nutcote to UNICEF when she died, and it has since been preserved as a museum. The copyright for her books and illustrations were left to The Northcott Society and Cerebral Palsy Alliance. (1877 – 1969)

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.