First mode of public transport in Australia

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First mode of public transport in Australia

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What would of been the first mode of public transport (train bus tram or ferry) to arrive in Australia and witch state was it introduced into
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The first settlers arrived by boat.
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boronia wrote:The first settlers arrived by boat.
That was navy men and convict transport witch the boat was the only mode of available transportation to get around the world in the 1700s I was talking more the first type of transport to arrive into Australia after settlement that excludes the convict ships that arrived from England the late 1700s and the early 1800s
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There was a public ferry service from Sydney to Parramatta as early as 1789. Perhaps there were horse buses around this time as well ?
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boronia wrote:There was a public ferry service from Sydney to Parramatta as early as 1789. Perhaps there were horse buses around this time as well ?
The first fare-paying public transport to a regular timetable in Sydney and Australia was the Parramatta River steam ferry in 1831. From that point on, ferries became the significant public transport system in this city until joined by the first railways from 1855 (which were basically originally intended to serve the country, not the city) and the Pitt St horse tram from 1861 to 1866. The latter was replaced by horse buses which reached their peak in the late 1880s, after which the second tram system (opened in 1879) soared to dominance of Sydney public transport. The next arrival was motor buses after WW1 and much of the rest subsequently most people are familiar with. Other cities generally started off with horse buses and train systems from the 1850s on and trams from the 1880s.
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