History of Manly

For the whole story about the Manly area, read the award-winning 'Seven Miles from Sydney' by Pauline Curby, published by Manly Council in 2001. Copies are available for sale or to borrow from Manly Library.

First Fleet Records of Events 1788-1790

These documents compiled by George and Shelagh Champion, provide source material relating to the early European exploration of Manly, Warringah and Pittwater.

Historical Articles

Historians George Champion OAM and Shelagh Champion OAM have written numerous monographs on aspects of the history of Manly.

Among their longer works on the history of the Northern Beaches are the publications: Manly, Warringah and Pittwater 1788-1850; Manly, Warringah and Pittwater 1850-1880; Bathing, Drowning and Life Saving in Manly, Warringah and Pittwater to 1915; and French’s Forest Soldiers’ Settlement.

Some of their shorter articles are available below. Their works are notable for their detail, thoroughness and accuracy.

Fact Sheets

Attached is a selection of fact sheets on Manly people, places, buildings and organisations.

Click on any file below to read the details.

Manly in the 1920s

This account of Manly in the 1920s has been written by local historian Dr Terry Metherell. Please contact the Local Studies Librarian, John MacRitchie, Ph: (02) 9976 1741, if you have any comments or corrections which you would like to make.