Enjoy a talk/powerpoint presentation by John Brock where you will be taken back to a time when steam powered ferries ruled the waters of Parramatta River.
John's research has discovered tales of ferry boat activity on the Parramatta River, along with some colourful water events, and the legendary characters who participated, with special reference to Captain Henry (Harry) Mance, who dedicated 50 years of service as the 'Ferry Man of Parramatta River' and whose two homes in Parramatta still stand.
Hear about his early involvement in the aftermath of one of Australia's worst peacetime maritime tragedies, and how he was called up, after he had retired, to take the crew of a USS warship for a river tour. Learn about the ships he captained and how he was adored and treasured by his many passengers.
As a special bonus for the 'Australian Heritage Festival' event you will be able to view the illuminated address that Harry was presented with on his retirement in 1906, held in trust by the Parramatta & District Historical Society.
Morning tea is included.