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Welcome to our website where you have come to engage with one of the biggest collections of local history from Manly and the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia, collected from libraries, historic newspapers, other history sites and the biggest private collection of local family history for past and present residents of the Northern Beaches, from Manly to Palm Beach and everywhere in between. We have thousands of photos, albums, files, memorabilia and stories from historians, researchers and members’ private collections.
Learn the history of Manly’s beginnings and how it grew to become one, if not, THE most endearing and enduring holiday destination in Australia, for Australians all over, and tourists from all over the world.
How one Englishman’s vision for an Utopian destination where people could soak in the surrounding natural beauty and health benefits of the fresh sea air of this undeveloped peninsula that was seven miles from Sydney by ferry, and a thousand miles from the cares of the booming, smoggy Industrial Age hub that was Sydney in the 1850s.
Discover the lasting legacy left by the now historic Port Jackson & Manly Steamship Company (PJ&MSSCo), who started the first Manly Ferry Service from Circular Quay to Manly in 1855.
Learn how they coined the phrase, ‘Seven miles from Sydney a Ttousand miles from care’ that has been seen by many generations of Manly Ferry punters as you arrive at Manly Wharf.
The PJ&MSSCo. held a newspaper competition, in the 1930s to caption a slogan for their ferry campaign and the winner was a local Manly girl who coined the phrase ‘Seven miles from Sydney and a thousand miles from care’. Say Hi to her granddaughter in our facebook group! �
The slogan was later added to the classic Fred Elliott painting of the SS Barrenjoey as she glided past the Heads in April 1927 and we’ve embraced that as our image as it captures everything Lost Manly is about.
See our ever-growing collection of what was the 1930s and 1940s phenomenon of Street Photography, capturing generations of locals and tourists as they strolled from the ferry wharf to the beach, along The Corso (named after il Corso in Italy), passing St Matthews Church which is a favoured backdrop for many of the street photographs.
Other favoured locations for these 1930s and 40s phenomenon was at Manly Wharf, as punters arrived by Ferry and headed towards the Harbour Pool, Promenade, and Pavilion. We possibly have the largest photo collection of street photography taken in Manly in the 30s and 40s, from the private family albums of our facebook members that is now 21,000 members strong.
Dig up the dirt on the history of the planting of our famous Manly Beach Norfolk Pines back c1885 that are perhaps the most photographed Pine trees in the world.
And of course, the Camera Obscura and Gothic Dalley’s Castle complete with Gargoyles, that towered majestically over Manly for almost half a century. How else do you think Gilbert, Tower and Camera Streets got their names?
And then there’s the people. We have the greatest collection of candid and personal photographs of generation after generation of local friends and families who made Manly and the Northern Beaches their home; some still resident.
So come check us out and why not share your own pics and memories while your here. To experience the essence of Manly is to be seven miles from Sydney and a thousand miles from care.
Welcome aboard and enjoy the ride �