Local Studies Collection

The Wellings Local Studies Collection at Manly Library started in 1964.

The collection was named after Leslie C. Wellings, who was Town Clerk of Manly Council from 1922 to 1957. Mr. Wellings' newspaper cuttings books, dating from 1906-1954, are a feature of the collection.

Specialist help

Contact the Local Studies librarian for help with your research on the local area, in particular Balgowlah, Balgowlah Heights, Clontarf, Fairlight, Manly and Seaforth. The Local Studies Librarian is available Monday to Friday from 2:30pm to 5pm, and at other times by appointment on (02) 9976 1741 during office hours, or via email


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There are a number of resources available for those interested in local studies.

  • Manly Council Reports and Minutes (1877-1960)
  • LEP (Local Environment Plan)
  • DCP (Development Control Plan)
  • Monographs, Theses, Heritage Reports
  • Maps , Plans and Real Estate Posters
  • Manuscripts and Ephemera
  • Oral Histories and Videos
  • Photographs
  • Newspapers and Clippings
  • Sands’ Sydney (NSW) Directory 1858-1932/3

Manly and The Community

A valuable resource that is useful for local history assignments. Learn more about your local area.

Historical Society

The Manly Warringah Pittwater Historical Society’s database, which comprises 5,200 items owned by the Society, is now available on the Manly Library Webcat.

To view material from the Society’s collection, contact:-

The Honorary Archivist,
Manly, Warringah & Pittwater Historical Society,
P.O. Box 695,
Manly, NSW 1655.