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Spit 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.Freshwater Surf Carnival 1912, Freshwater BeachWindsurfing on Narrabeen LagoonPicnic at North Palm Beach

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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 northeast, of people on their way to celebrate Easter at St Matthew's Church, The Corso, Manly, c1885Religious sand sculpture, Manly Beach, Manly, by J. Suchomlin, c1929Sand sculpture, Manly Beach, Manly, by J. Suchomlin, 1929A Ferris wheel on the Manly beachfront, Manly, c1907The exterior of the Embassy Theatre, East Esplanade, Manly, c1933The interior of the Embassy Theatre, East Esplanade, Manly, c1933A concert at the Auditorium at South Steyne, Manly, May, 1960A beauty pageant at the Manly Auditorium, South Steyne, Manly, March,1942A beauty contest at the Manly Auditorium, South Steyne, Manly, March, 1942Concert at a Beauty Pageant, Manly Auditorium, South Steyne, Manly, March 1942Toboggan slide and Manly Water Chute, South Steyne, Manly, c1905Water chute and man made lake, South Steyne and Ashburner Street, Manly, c 1904Horse drawn coaches, Manly to Newport run, outside Victoria Hall, corner of The Corso and Darley Road, Manly, 1905Construction continues on the Manly Oceanarium, Manly Cove West, 1987Construction of Manly Oceanarium, Manly Cove West, 1987Advertisement for Tom Smith's billiard parlors, 72 Corso, Manly, c1912Miniature railway which ran along the beachfront promenade, Manly, c1906View looking east across Manly Cove to Manly Wharf, c1895View facing east over Manly Cove showing Manly Wharf with a paddle steamer and nearby buildings, c1875 to c1879Manly Cove, with Manly Wharf and Eastern Shore and Hill, Manly, 1920Manly Cove, Smedley's Point and part of Eastern Hill, Manly, 1920View across Manly Cove from the eastern shore, Manly, c1950sView over Manly Cove to Smedley's Point and Eastern Hill, Manly, c1890View west over Manly Cove, with Manly Wharf, Manly, c1890View of Manly Cove, Harbour Pool, Wharf, ocean and St Patrick's College, Manly, c1930sView from Fairlight over Manly Cove and Eastern Hill, Manly, c1860Manly Cove with Manly Wharf and view over Manly, 1920Boats in Manly Cove, Manly, c1950sManly Cove with Manly Wharf and ferry, Manly, c1900sManly Wharf and West Esplanade Reserve, with Dalley's Castle and houses, Manly, c1888Warringah Shire postcode and suburb boundary mapHydrographic map of Port Jackson from Botany Bay to Broken BayHydrographic map of Port Jackson including North Harbour, Middle Harbour and Rose BayView along the eastern end of Manly Cove to Manly Wharf and Manly Fun Pier, Manly, 1988Manly ferry SS Mystery arriving at Manly Wharf, Manly, c1856Manly ferry S.S. Marra Marra berthed at Circular Quay, Sydney, 1898Manly Wharf, Clock Tower and bus sheds, Manly, 1919Lawrence Dry Cleaners, Howard Avenue Dee WhyForecourt and entrance to Manly Wharf, showing the Camera Obscura, Manly, c1895Commuters at Manly Wharf, showing the cargo wharf and eastern shore, and a paddle steamer moored at the wharf, c1910Pony Phaetons outside Manly Wharf, with the Cargo Wharf in the background, Manly, 1919View across the Manly Wharf forecourt, showing crowds, the Edwardian facade and Clock Tower, Manly, c1922The official opening day of the redeveloped Manly Wharf, Manly, 1 December 1990Manly passenger and cargo wharves and Manly Baths, Manly, January 1922View facing east over Manly Cove showing Manly Wharf with a paddle steamer and nearby buildings, c1875 to c1879Pony Phaetons outside Manly Wharf, Manly, c1920sCrowds gathered at Manly Wharf, with a passenger steamer in berth, Manly, c1900Manly Wharf, Manly Cove, Baths, Coal Wharf and the stone tower Camera Obscura, c1890sManly ferries, Emu II, later Brightside, and, Fairlight, alongside Manly Wharf, Manly Cove, c1890The Corso and entrance of Manly Wharf, Manly, 1919


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