A ferry or punt operated by Michael Nowland commenced operation between Pitt Town and Wilberforce on 25 April 1812. The Sydney Gazette of 2 January 1823 reported that ‘a punt is now completed for the conveyance of passengers, cattle, etc from James Davidson’s Wharf to the opposite side where every attention will be given at the same rate as the ferry at Windsor, Pitt Town 30 December 1822’.
The operation of the ferry, which continued until June 1921 resulted, to some extent in the two towns sharing facilities. For example, the Anglican Churches at Wilberforce and Pitt Town were part of the same parish until 1936. The Uniting Churches at Ebenezer and Pitt Town are still part of the same parish. A police station was constructed at Wilberforce but not at Pitt Town.
See Dictionary of Sydney for an image of the Pitt Town Ferry in about 1890.
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