Model of 1928 Manly ferry ‘Dee Why’ made by Geoffrey Ingleton, 1937-8

Made 1937-1938

This is a model of one of the famous 1928 Manly steam ferries of Sydney, the ‘Dee Why’. The model was built between 1937 and 1938 by the most well-known maritime historian of his day, Geoffrey C. Ingleton, for the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet into Sydney Harbour. With her identical sistership the “Curl Curl “, the full-size vessels were the mainstay of the Circular Quay to Manly ferry service on Sydney Harbour from 1928 to the 1950’s. In that time they carried literally m...


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Physical Description

Ship model in case, of 1928 Manly steam ferry "Dee Why" operated by Port Jackson & Manly Steamship Co, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1:24 scale, timber, model made by Lieut-Cmdr Geoffrey Chapman Ingleton, RAN, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1937-1938, model commissioned for Australian Sesqui-Centenary celebrations, 1938

Deck-shaped parts (3)
Model scale 1:24. Model is complete with masts, aerials and rigging. Deck details include anchors, deck rails, companionways, ventilators, 2 bridges , 3 ships boats in davits. The hull ,constructed of laminated cedar and sugarpine, is finished in brown and green, with varnished upper works and 2 white and black funnels. The windows are constructed of thin glass squares taked from 35mm photographic slide mounts. The model was reconstructed in 1981 to allow the upper and middle decks to be removed for acccess, and to allow later internal additions to be made.



990 mm


640 mm


3070 mm



This model was made by Lieut-Cmdr Geoffrey C. Ingleton, RAN. Geoffrey Chapman Ingleton was born in Bairnsdale, Victoria, on 14 May 1908. In 1922, at the age of 13, he entered the Royal Australian Naval College at Jervis Bay, NSW and 4 years later joined the HMAS Adelaide as a midshipman. Ingleton's naval training included two years in the United Kingdon, where he developed an interest in nautical research. In 1930, after his return to Australia, he was commissioned as a lieutenant. After service on various naval vessels including the Anzac, Tattoo, Vampire and Cerberus, he was assigned to the hydrographic service and served on HMAS Moresby, surveying waters to the north of Australia. In 1936, at the age of 27, he left the Navy, and in 1938 he was granted the rank of lieutenant commander on the retired list. In civilian life Ingleton worked as a draftsman and an artist. From December 1940 until his retirement in 1973, he was employed in the Hydrographic Office.

In private life Ingleton continued his work as an illustrator, and his etchings of early Sydney life were based on extensive knowledge and research. His interest in naval architecture, which derived from ensuring the technical accuracy of his illustrations, led him to construct ship models.

The major source of Ingleton's artistic work was an extensive private collection of books, manuscripts, maps and paintings focusing on early Australia, maritime exploration and coastal development. Ingleton was a member of the Society for Nautical Research, the Hakluyt Society, the Australian Institute of Navigation and the Royal Institute of Navigation and was a significant contributor to their publications.

Ingleton married Josephine Weekes in 1935 and Nan Furness in 1953. He died in Sydney on 28 February, 1998, aged 89 years.




Credit Line

Gift of Australian Sesqui-Centenary Committee, 1939

Acquisition Date

15 September 1939

Cite this Object


Model of 1928 Manly ferry 'Dee Why' made by Geoffrey Ingleton, 1937-8 2018, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 17 November 2018, <>


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