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The Corso was laid out in 1855 by Henry Gilbert Smith who widened the well-trodden Aboriginal track which ran from the wharf to the ocean. It was named The Corso after the grand Via del Corso in Rome. As you can see in the photos below, the facades haven’t changed all that much. Today it remains the focal point of Manly as a part-pedestrian mall lined with popular surf shops, pubs, cafes, galleries and street entertainment.

Manly Corso 1912
Manly Corso in 1922
Manly Corso in 1935
Manly Corso 1981
Manly Corso 2020