[SYDNEY HARBOUR] Sacred to the Memory of The Manly Co-Operative Steam Ferry Compy. Born December 1, 1893, Died May 15, 1896. After a long and painful illness. Rest in Peace.
“Though lost to sight – to memory dear.” Ashes to ashes, dust to dust ; if Brown won’t take you, the Port Jackson must. With sympathy of many Friends for the loss of the Black Dogs. [Sydney : s.n., 1896]. “In Memoriam” card, 75 x 115 mm, printed recto only in black on cream card, with a black mourning border; lightly foxed, bottom left corner worn, else good condition.
An anonymously printed satirical In Memoriam card mourning the demise of the short-lived Manly Co-Operative Steam Ferry Company in May, 1896. The Company, whose ferries were known colloquially as “little puffing black dogs”, was amalgamated with its chief competitor, the Port Jackson Steamship Company.
This card is certainly rare; we can trace no other extant example.
The only reference to its existence is found in a lengthy article published in the Sydney Evening News on 20 July 1896, under the title ‘The Manly Ferries. THE CO-OPERATIVE COMPANY. A FEW EVENTS IN ITS HISTORY.’, which provides a detailed account of how the Company lost out to its bitter rival. The writer of this article, signing himself with the initials ‘E. P. C. O.’, notes that the memorial card had been “circulated at Manly”, and quotes the text on the front of the card verbatim.