Early Links – Ferry Queue Christmas School Holidays 1951

Ferry Queue Christmas School Holidays 1951

After the ending of WWII progress had rapidly picked up and by the 1950’s the area had become a bustling tourist destination. Both passenger and vehicular ferries did a roaring trade. This photo of Wharf Street Forster shows the line-up of holiday traffic waiting to cross on the ferry. The ferry queue stretched for miles during peak holiday season with waiting times of up to five hours. The local joke at the time was that many a child learnt to walk whilst waiting for the ferry.

The only other way to Forster was via a very narrow sand track, known today as the Lakesway. Up until the late 1940’s it was a twisty windy corrugated track with travellers having to dig themselves out many times over many hours to eventually reach Forster.

This image, along with some other blog favourites, features in the Great Lakes Museum’s 2013 “Early Links” Local History Calendar available from the Great Lakes Museum, Tuncurry Post Office, and Cracker’s Barber Shop.

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