An ever growing collection of private family photos, albums, files, memorabilia and stories from historians, researchers and the private collects of local and former residents who have at one time or another called Manly & the Northern Beaches home. 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.
You’ll discover the history of Manly; of one man, Henry Gilbert Smith, saw its potential as a ‘new Brighton’ by the sea and turned his vision into a reality. His quest for ‘Utopia’ by the sea encapsulated a place for R&R; an escape from the ‘post-industrial smog of the city, an idyllic place where daytrippers could take a ferry boat ride across Sydney Harbour, to ‘another world’, where they could soak in the surrounding natural beauty and experience the health benefits of the fresh sea air that this undeveloped peninsula provided, ‘seven miles from Sydney, a thousand miles from care’. which even then, was a welcomed ‘sea change’ from the booming, smoggy Industrial Age hub that was Sydney in the 1850s.
Discover the last legacy left by the historic Port Jackson & Manly Steamship Company (PJMSSCo), who started the first Manly Ferry service from Circular Quay to Manly in 1855, on a steamboat taking approxiately one hour. The current State Government have privatised our Ferry transport on Sydney Harbour, and have purchased smaller and cheaper, Asian-built’Emerald’ class ferries that can only carry 400 passengers and are not built to handle the great southerly swells that roar through the open Heads from the open sea. This is not only dangerous, in my opinion, and the opinions of others, it is reckless, playing with the safety of passengers for profit. These inferior ferries carry a third of the passengers of the Freshwater Class ferries that can comfortably carry 1100 passengers. The decision makers are not local nor do they fully understanding the constant moods of the Heads…locals understand it all too well, and many locals and notable marine engineers and ferry experts are calling on the government to tread cautiously and reconsider. Many fear it’s a disaster just waiting to happen. Learn how they coined the phrase, ‘Seven miles from Sydney a thousand miles from care’ that greeted generations of Manly Ferry passengers on arrival at Manly Wharf.
The PJSSCo. 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 �
COMING SOON! VINTAGE POSTERS! (We’re taking backorders for these new Vintage Posters to get an indication of numbers and we’ll keep you posted on their progress). So you can order now but be prepared to wait.