Macquarie Princess celebrates 100 years Story & photos Cllr Mick Gallagher It’s not everyone who has the opportunity to be invited to the 100th birthday celebration of a Princess ... ... Well this happened to me on Friday 17 April 2015. On that day I joined up with our Mayor Steve Russell of Milson’s Passage and Hornsby Shire Council GM Scott Phillips and travelled to Berowra Waters. There before us peacefully in the tranquil waters alongside Berowra Waters Marina was our Royal prize, the MV Macquarie Princess ready for our birthday cruise on Berowra Waters. We were greeted by the Skipper Barry Eckford of Stockton NSW and present owners Lisa & John Tillott of Berowra. Following us were our Federal MP Phillip Ruddock and State MP Matt Kean. Originally named ‘Nambucca’ the Princess was built in 1915 at McMahons Point in Sydney and collected milk from farmers along the Nambucca River. She was a Garden Island Navy vessel 1925-38, and as ‘Promote’ a Sydney ferry 1938-74 and then a ferry on Pittwater. From 1980-83 she operated on Lake Macquarie as the ‘Macquarie Princess’. In 1983 she was purchased by Gordon & Joan Mandin for operation from Berowra Waters, and in 2003 she was sold to Fred & Carolyn Mulae and Gino & Mary D’Onofrio for restoration. In 2007 she was purchased by present owners Lisa & John Tillott. Gordon & Joan attended the VIP Birthday cruise along with their son Peter Mandin and family, his wife Clare, and their children Reef (7) Louis (7) and Archie (10), from Bilgola. Other VIPs included ‘The self proclaimed Mayor of Berowra Waters’ Tony Bray; and owner Berowra Waters Marina, Dave Hazlett, (Co sponsor of the birthday cruise along with the Mandin and Tillott families). Members of the Berowra Waters Progress association attending were President Dean Morris, Chris Kenyon & wife Denise Thomson, and Norm O’Neil. For further info on MV Macquarie Princess contact (02) 8402 3702 or visit ww.macquarieprincesscruises.com.au
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