Pemulwuy

The Cross Harbour Service

Pemulwuy

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 political leader and elder, Pemulwuy.

Pemulwuy was a member of the Bidjigal clan who were the original inhabitants of the Toongabbie and Parramatta areas of Sydney. Living near Botany Bay, Pemulwuy would hunt meat and provide it to the early colonists in exchange for other goods. However, he soon became a leader amongst his people against European settlement. In December 1790, Pemulwuy attacked and killed Governor Phillip’s game shooter, John McIntyre. Some believe that this was payback for acts committed against the Indigenous people. This was the start of a 12-year rebellion against the Europeans. During this time the legend of Pemulwuy continued to grow as he constantly evaded capture by the military. In January 1795, Pemulwuy boldly ventured into the Sydney settlement to take part in the Erah ba-diang initiation ceremony at Farm Cove in which boys became men, but was not detained. Two years later, he led 100 men on a raid of a government farm at Toongabbie. Pemulwuy was shot, wounded and captured, but soon escaped which gave rise to the belief that he was immune to the British bullets. Eventually, Pemulwuy proved mortal and died on 2 June 1802 after being shot by British sailor, Henry Hacking. (c.1750-1802)

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.