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A 4-cylinder 1924 Buick in Clontarf Street, SeaforthManly 16ft Skiff "Tashina"First tram to BrookvalePittwater from Lovett BayHoarding for Manly Fun Pier prior to demolition, Manly.Freshwater Surf Carnival 1912, Freshwater BeachWindsurfing on Narrabeen LagoonPicnic at North Palm BeachSpit Bridge from Seaforth side, 1925The hydrofoils "Curl Curl" and "Fairlight"

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History Hub is your online source for Northern Beaches Library's Local Studies collection. Here you can discover past and present stories of the Northern Beaches, its people and local environment.


About the Collection

Our physical resources and family history collection are available at our Local Studies Offices. You can search our physical collection using the Library's catalogue.

The Local Studies team is always keen to obtain historical material relevant to the Northern Beaches. Please contact us if you would like to donate. 

Please note: Names and images of deceased Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples may be contained within this collection.


Transport for Duke Kahanamoku's surfboardIsabel Letham with surfboard at Freshwater BeachDee Why Post Office, Dee WhyTwo women carrying rubber floats, Palm Beach, c 1930Family picnic at Newport 1947Isabel Letham and friends posing with surfboards at Freshwater BeachMona Vale School football team with teacher and officials 1950sLorna Russell and friends posing in swimming costumes holding fronds, Palm Beach.Ivan Vujanovic and Ivan Antunovic with containers of tomatoes, Warriewood, 1934Paddle-Steamer at Manly WharfHarbord Public School new building Nearing CompletionBus from Manly Wharf to FreshwaterThe Corso, showing horsedrawn carriage and tramMaster Hammond outside the Palladium Restaurant at Palm Beach, c 1950Freshwater Surf Life Saving Club Members, 1918Freshwater Surf Life Saving Club Ladies  teamJoyce Hayman playing on Dee Why BeachHolidaymakers outside Randell's store, HarbordIsabel Letham and Pam Burridge at Freshwater BeachVera Russell playing golf at Barrrenjoey Lighthouse, Palm BeachPost card of girls reel team on Newport Beach, 1910Isabel LethamHarbord Beach Tram at Harbord TerminusOn the road to Australian Surf Championships PerthSix young members of the Palm Beach Junior Surf Life Saving Club c1940.Girl Guides and Brownies at Pittwater Spring Festival, Kitchener Park Mona ValeHarbord Fire BrigadeFirst Manly Branch Commonwealth Bank and Dobson and Moase ChemistLand Sale Tristram Road, Beacon HillView over Manly from Manly Lagoon to Keirle ParkBell ringing in the belfry of the parish churchCampbell, Joseph, 2498Beach showers, Collaroy BeachManly Alderman C.R. Scharkie in mayoral robesSailing on Narrabeen LagoonBoy riding billycart down dirt trackKen J. Broughton with Cyril Hynes, Manly BeachForest Community Centre, ForestvilleClay Pit at Duffys ForestBarrenjoey Road from Newport to BilgolaMcKillop Park Headland, HarbordAeroplane giving joy rides over Narrabeen LagoonBooth's store and jetty at Snapperman BeachOxford Falls Public School, Teacher Lester WatkinsBeach front development, Collaroy BeachWarriewood Valley before DevelopmentAustral Bricks, Brookvale brickworksPalm Beach Bus Shelter, Showing graffiti, 2009Freshwater BeachClass at Newport Public School, 1932


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