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G'day all, After a lot of surfing on the net,I have finally found you guys and I am hoping someone on this forum can help me.I have recently bought an old speedboat that is reputed to be one of the old Manly speedboats.After a lot of research it would now look as though it could have been one of the Luna park(Sydney)speedboats that were so popular in the fifties and early sixties.I remember going on one as a kid for two shillings a joy ride. Does anyone know the names of these boats?Maybe they were the same boats that came from Manly?>the Mnaly boats were to the best of my knowledge "Kookaburra","Kingfisher","Lets Go"and "Lets Go Too","Kalowa"and "HI-Ho". Any info on these old classics would be grately appreciated. Cheers, Tony.

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Welcome along tony. Always good to see new members. To tell you the truth, I wouldn't know much. But seening as I am already doing some extensive research on Australia's Defunct Rides, drop me a line at webmaster@defunction.net and we can chat a bit more. To tell you the truth, I haven't ever heard of any Speedboats from Luna Park. But anyway, if you drop me a line, I will see what I can do about doing some research for you.

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Tony I realise your enquiry is old , however, I am the best person to answer your speedboat enquiry. I believe that I had your boat and have carried out research on and interviewed the drivers. Please contact me ctpjudd@optusnet.com.au 0400206471 -----------------------------------------------------------------------------

G'day all, After a lot of surfing on the net,I have finally found you guys and I am hoping someone on this forum can help me.I have recently bought an old speedboat that is reputed to be one of the old Manly speedboats.After a lot of research it would now look as though it could have been one of the Luna park(Sydney)speedboats that were so popular in the fifties and early sixties.I remember going on one as a kid for two shillings a joy ride. Does anyone know the names of these boats?Maybe they were the same boats that came from Manly?>the Mnaly boats were to the best of my knowledge "Kookaburra","Kingfisher","Lets Go"and "Lets Go Too","Kalowa"and "HI-Ho". Any info on these old classics would be grately appreciated. Cheers, Tony.
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The joyriding speedboats of Sydney, which included Manly Fun Pier (wharf), Luna Park, Clifton Gardens & Farm Cove were the Joyce Bros of Neutral Bay's; Kalowa, Kalowa Two, Kingfisher & Kookaburra as well as Kookaburra (2) from the west side of Manly pier. Kookaburra (2) was last run from Luna Park and harbour and amoungst the last owners were Van Gelder and Caporn. This is the only boat known to survive and is with the Sydney Heritage Fleet. Only Kookaburra (1) was a Chris Cfaft. Ken Breakspear ran Miss Speedie, Lets Go, Lets Go too and Hi Ho from a bombscow off the east side of the pier from the 1930's. These first two were Chris Craft. 'Kangaroo' was run by Halvorson from 1928 at Clifton Gardens. It would be unfair to ignore a fairly recent boat also called Kookaburra (3?) which is a replica of a 28 ft Hacker craft by Phillips, which has run commercially from Manly and charter from the east of Manly (fun pier). This was over 10 years ago and the boat was last seen at Castle Cove with a charter of it from Balmain. I have not included the current RIB's and Jet Boats. There is no known survivor boat of those days although I owned a barely restorable 22 ft Chris Craft Cadet which had come from a family at Kangaroo Point with a known history. This had the name 'Miami' on the stern. Please contact me if you have info or an interest. Paul Judd ctpjudd@optusnet.com.au

G'day all, After a lot of surfing on the net,I have finally found you guys and I am hoping someone on this forum can help me.I have recently bought an old speedboat that is reputed to be one of the old Manly speedboats.After a lot of research it would now look as though it could have been one of the Luna park(Sydney)speedboats that were so popular in the fifties and early sixties.I remember going on one as a kid for two shillings a joy ride. Does anyone know the names of these boats?Maybe they were the same boats that came from Manly?>the Mnaly boats were to the best of my knowledge "Kookaburra","Kingfisher","Lets Go"and "Lets Go Too","Kalowa"and "HI-Ho". Any info on these old classics would be grately appreciated. Cheers, Tony.
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