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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"A 4-cylinder 1924 Buick in Clontarf Street, SeaforthManly 16ft Skiff "Tashina"

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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.


View facing south over The Spit, Middle Harbour, c1920sThe Spit, looking south from Seaforth, c1920sA boat with dinghy on Middle Harbour, possibly close to The Spit, 1926View from North Steyne, toward Shelly Beach, Manly, 1897View north from The Spit, showing a steam punt, 1897View facing southeast over The Spit and Clontarf, from Seaforth, c1940View from Seaforth over The Spit, showing the steam punt, c1924The Punt Slip at Middle Harbour, The Spit, early 1900sSteam Punt on Middle Harbour, Seaforth, c1909Harbord Diggers 1968Harbord Diggers Ex-Servicemen's Club at its opening in 1957Harbord Diggers Club McKillop Park, in 1971Harbord Diggers Youth Club at 23 Oliver Street FreshwaterHarbord Diggers Club being extended in 1971Harbord Diggers memorial Club, Evans Street Frontage 1984Harbord Diggers from Carrington Parade 2022Warringah Shire Library BrochureOfficial Opening Program Mona Vale Library 2004Official Programme Mona Vale Library Opening 1972Invitation to Opening of Mona Vale Library 1972Elevated view over houses and trees, showing a rocky hillside, unidentified location, c1870View from near Kangaroo Hill facing southeast over Manly, c1870View facing west from Fairlight Hill, Manly, 1920View facing north from Dalley's Castle, across North Manly, 1920Manly Beach from Kangaroo Hill, with the National School in the fore, Manly, c1900View southeast from Kangaroo Hill showing the first Catholic Church, Manly, 1892View southwest across Manly Cove from near Dalley's Castle, Manly, 1921View facing south, along Kangaroo Street, to Manly Cove, Manly, c1900View across West Esplanade to Dalley's Castle, Manly, 1920Manly, with West Esplanade Reserve in the fore, 1920View facing north along South Steyne, over the rooftop of the Manly Surf Pavilion, Manly, c1930sShort Street Plaza, Manly, c1970sView facing southeast across North Harbour to North Head, Fairlight, c1920sVacant land for sale at 65-67 Stuart Street, Manly, February 1993Entrance to Mona Vale LibraryView facing east across the flat of Manly towards Shelly Beach, Manly, 1921View east from Dalley's Castle towards St Patricks College, Manly, 1921Elevated view northeast from Dalley's Castle, Manly, c1910View facing southeast from Fairlight, over Manly Cove, c1920View facing southeast from Fairlight towards Smedleys Point, Manly, c1880Parker family home MeadowbankView east from Commonwealth Parade over West Esplanade, to Manly Beach, c1919View east to North Steyne, showing Norfolk Island pines, Manly, 1920View northeast to North Steyne, Manly, 1920View over rooftops and trees, showing pine trees in distanceElevated view south from Dalley's Castle, Manly, 1885Fairy Bower Beach, Manly, c1930sManly Public School, Manly, c1900sFairy Bower Walkway, Manly, c1900sCrowds gathered outside St Patrick's College, Manly, early 20th Century


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