Transport History

A place for description of transport history


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Crossing the South Arm of the Bellinger

South-Arm-and-Raleigh-Ferry-Service

As you travel at 110kms along the new Urunga bypass,spare a thought for the travellers of bygone years, because in 1888 it was a much slower journey. At this time there were only three ferries available for crossing the Bellinger River’s North and South arm (now called the Kalang River). One was at Fernmount, one… Read more »


The History of the Drogher

In Eastern Australian usage, a “drogher” was a basic cargo vessel – a blunt-ended, flat bottomed river boat with plenty of deck space. It was usually powered by steam and propelled by paddle wheels. Most were fitted with a boiler room, a wheelhouse, a mid-deck crane for handling heavy cargo, and very little else; though… Read more »