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The hydrofoils "Curl Curl" and "Fairlight"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, 1925

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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.


Harbord Fire BrigadeSix young members of the Palm Beach Junior Surf Life Saving Club c1940.Post card of girls reel team on Newport Beach, 1910Harbord Public School new building Nearing CompletionBus from Manly Wharf to FreshwaterIsabel Letham and Pam Burridge at Freshwater BeachIsabel Letham with surfboard at Freshwater BeachFamily picnic at Newport 1947Lorna Russell and friends posing in swimming costumes holding fronds, Palm Beach.Freshwater Surf Life Saving Club Ladies  teamHarbord Beach Tram at Harbord TerminusMembers of South Curl Curl SLSC on the road to Australian Surf Championships PerthIsabel LethamFreshwater Surf Life Saving Club Members, 1918Dee Why Post Office, Dee WhyVera Russell playing golf at Barrrenjoey Lighthouse, Palm BeachIsabel Letham and friends posing with surfboards at Freshwater BeachTransport for Duke Kahanamoku's surfboardJoyce Hayman playing on Dee Why BeachMona Vale School football team with teacher and officials.Master Hammond outside the Palladium Restaurant at Palm Beach, c 1950Paddle-Steamer at Manly WharfGirl Guides and Brownies at Pittwater Spring Festival, Kitchener Park Mona ValeHolidaymakers outside Randell's store, HarbordTwo women carrying rubber floats, Palm Beach, c 1930Ivan Vujanovic and Ivan Antunovic with containers of tomatoes, Warriewood, 1934The Corso, showing horsedrawn carriage and tramFirst class passengers at North Head Quarantine StationHousing development, Collaroy BeachNewport BeachThe Corso, c 1912Seaforth Public School pupils, Class 5B, 1983Woolworths Family Centre at Warringah MallElimatta Road, Mona Vale Garden Street, North Narrabeen c1920.Murray, Thomas Frederick, 2097Picnic at Narrabeen Lagoon, c 1935Construction of Warringah Aquatic Centre carparkView along Kangaroo Street, ManlyProspere and Barbara Ratte photographed with two fox terrier dogs soon after their marrage in 1921, Clareville.Manly Lagoon from the eastern endSightseers aboard the "Euroka" grounded on Long Reef, 1913North Narrabeen Beach looking towards Narrabeen HeadHouse corner Bedford Crescent and Hay Street, CollaroyLong Reef Golf Club clubhouseLorna Morton, Manly Ladies ASC junior swimmer, and Jenny Turrell of NarrabeenFijian and Barbarian Football match on Manly Oval, 1961Manly Methodist Church Picnic to Cabbage Tree Falls, NarrabeenConstruction of Wakehurst Parkway, NarrabeenIsabel Letham's living room at Greenwich Street, San Fransisco.


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