Transporting the catch
This truck, a reo speed wagon owned by Vince Fazio was one of the first used to transport fish to the railhead in Taree for transport to the fish markets in Sydney. Pictured L-R outside Vince’s home in Tuncurry, now known as “Keepsake Cottage”, Enrico Bonventi, George (Gunner) Belton, Sid Mayers and Vince Fazio.
Transporting the catch beyond the immediate settlement presented many problems prior to the railway opening in Taree. For example, with the icing down of fish only the small types could be sent. The ice was not effective with mulloway, snapper or any other larger fish.
When the railway was established in 1913 its regular schedule proved far more reliable for transporting perishable goods than shipping.Now fish, packed in smaller boxes to facilitate handling were trucked to Taree and transported from there to the Sydney markets.
Tuncurry’s Working Waterfront project, is a local heritage mosaic due to be installed in John Wright Park this coming June. The artwork has been developed to create a visual representation of the early industries that utilized the waterfront site and the vital role they played in forming the foundations of the town and community.