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Freshwater Surf Carnival 1912, Freshwater BeachWindsurfing on Narrabeen LagoonPicnic at North Palm BeachSpit Bridge from Seaforth side, 1925The 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.

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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 BrigadeLorna Russell and friends posing in swimming costumes holding fronds, Palm Beach.Isabel LethamHarbord Beach Tram at Harbord TerminusPost card of girls reel team on Newport Beach, 1910Vera Russell playing golf at Barrrenjoey Lighthouse, Palm BeachBus from Manly Wharf to FreshwaterFreshwater Surf Life Saving Club Members, 1918Six young members of the Palm Beach Junior Surf Life Saving Club c1940.Two women carrying rubber floats, Palm Beach, c 1930Paddle-Steamer at Manly WharfFamily picnic at Newport 1947The Corso, showing horsedrawn carriage and tramIsabel Letham with surfboard at Freshwater BeachMaster Hammond outside the Palladium Restaurant at Palm Beach, c 1950Freshwater Surf Life Saving Club Ladies  teamTransport for Duke Kahanamoku's surfboardIsabel Letham and Pam Burridge at Freshwater BeachIsabel Letham and friends posing with surfboards at Freshwater BeachHarbord Public School new building Nearing CompletionHolidaymakers outside Randell's store, HarbordGirl Guides and Brownies at Pittwater Spring Festival, Kitchener Park Mona ValeMembers of South Curl Curl SLSC on the road to Australian Surf Championships PerthMona Vale School football team with teacher and officials.Ivan Vujanovic and Ivan Antunovic with containers of tomatoes, Warriewood, 1934Joyce Hayman playing on Dee Why BeachDee Why Post Office, Dee Why2nd Falls on right of creek above Irrawong Falls, North NarrabeenHedley, Reginald Brierly, 333Seaforth Public School pupils, Cricket Team, 1980Aerial view of Forest Community Centre, BelroseAboriginal rock carvings, Beacon HillChildren paddling in rock pool at Bungan Beach. 1911.Barrenjoey Road, AvalonSailing boats on Narrabeen LagoonPalm Beach & Barrenjoey HeadlandNarrabeen Lagoon from Collaroy PlateauFirst Cars to cross newly opened Spit Bridge 1924Ammunitions Depot, Middle HarbourManly Infants School pupils. Class 2H, 1958A house at Bayview Heights. January, 1964.Scotland Island, Glasgow Park, 1906 : Subdivision planExhibition - A Summer Place: Australian Women at the BeachStewart House students on a bike rideTurimetta Beach and WarriewoodManly Cove, c 1940Library Staff Carol Gerrard and Linda Hawkins Dee Why LibraryCardinal's Palace, ManlyMr I Phizackerley's residence adjoining the Bungan Head Estate sub-division.Panorama photographs of Dee Why and Curl Curl


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