History of the MV Sun

Before gracing the waters of the beautiful Hawkesbury River around Brooklyn, the Sun worked the Manning River in northern NSW as a “Cream Boat”. These sturdy little boats carried milk from the dairy farms along the river estuaries to the factory at Taree for processing. During the latter part of the last century and up to the 1940’s, the northern rivers were busy with water traffic.

This article, published in The Australian Womens Weekly on Wednesday 2 December 1970, describes the Sunrise’s (now Sun) final trips as the last cream-boat of the Manning River.

The men of the Sunrise start before dawn for a day of muscle-knotting work in scenes of peace and high beauty . . . Theirs is the last boat on the milk-can run on the Manning River, N.S.W.

The great tidal rivers of northern New South Wales have been a dependable route for transporting even the heaviest loads. Early settlers along the North Coast mostly arrived by ships which could navigate many miles upriver, and it was natural for settlements to begin on the rich river flats, where communications were most reliable.


The Sunrise left the Manning River and …..


Then Dangar Island Ferries

Then Brooklyn Ferry Service



The Sun’s major rebuild and refit undertaken by Brooklyn Ferry Service in 2014 restored this iconic little vessel to glory.

This album below starts with a few before shots and ending with a couple of shots of the ferry back to her most splendid glory, as she so rightly deserves. The photos in between try to document the work and effort that it took to bring this little work horse back to life.

This amazing little ferry has now been plying the waters between Brooklyn, Dangar and Wobby Beach for 40 odd years. She is much loved by the locals and charms visitors with her olde world charm.

Long may she continue to serve the community!