University anniversaries

Jubilee celebrations 1902

Harbour excursion, 1 October 1902

Shortly after 2 p.m. on Wednesday, 1 October 1902 the Port Jackson Company's S.S. Kuring-gai left the Manly Wharf, Circular Quay, with about 400 guests on board. The ladies were slightly in the majority, and the effect of the many bright and beautiful springtide costumes was strikingly picturesque.

S.S. Kuring-gai

S.S. Kuring-gai, photo, Ferries of Sydney website.

First the boat ran in a northerly direction as far as Cockatoo Island at the entrance of the Parramatta River, a spot of historical and scientific interest, as well as of considerable beauty.

Then the course was altered, and a trip was made past the thickly-populated suburbs of the North Shore, round Bradley's Head and the harbour defences of the bluff of Middle Head, and far into the hill-sheltered winding waterways of Middle Harbour. Thus the guests were given an opportunity of seeing the remarkable natural advantages of our harbour, its magnitude, its complexity, its multiplicity of roadsteads, and its manifold beauty.

Afternoon tea was served on the main and upper decks, while the main deck forward had been fitted up as a smoking-room for the gentlemen.

The enjoyment of the outing was largely increased by the excellent music discoursed by the Vice-Regal Military Band, under the able conduct of Mr. L. de Groen. The following programme was rendered:

  • Grand Overture, "Light Cavalry" (Supp£);
  • Grand Selection, "Carmen" (Bizet);
  • Gavotte, "La Cigale" (Audran);
  • Grand Selection, "Runaway Girl" (Caryll);
  • Valse de Concert, "Casino Tanze" (Gung'l);
  • Grand Selection, "Faust" (Gounod) ;
  • Excerpt, "The Geisha" (The Jewel of Asia) (Jones);
  • Grand Selection, "Les Cloches de Corneville" (Planquette) ;
  • Valse de Concert, "Belle Nita" (Trot§re);
  • Festival March, " Tannhauser " (Wagner);
  • Grand Selection, "Bohemian Girl" (Balfe);
  • Fantasia, "Reminiscences of Scotland" (Godfrey).


An early return was made to the city, and the Kuring-gai was once more moored at Circular Quay at about 4.30 p.m.