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Here is some history of the Manly Wharf.

When Henry Gilbert Smith developed his new resort at Manly his priority was to build a pier to accommodate excursion ferries. This was finished in September 1855, and a daily ferry service operated by 1857.

Eleven years later the pier was extended fifty feet in to deeper water. In 1916, accommodation was further improved and a half-timber façade and clock tower were added. Following a fire in 1939, much of the passenger wharf was rebuilt.

During the 1940s shops were added, extending the wharf’s curved façade. During the 1980s a new bus-ferry interchange was created, which maintained the wharf façade and provided shops and amusements. Manly Wharf continues to be a major meeting-place for local commuters, tourists and visitors.

Old photo Manly
The Fairlight at Manly Wharf in 1887-88
Manly Cargo Wharf History
Manly Cargo Wharf , around 1920’s
Manly Wharf 1941
Manly Wharf 1941
Postcard of Manly
Postcard from 1960’s
History of Manly Wharf
Manly Wharf 2020

If you are looking for old images and information of Manly and the Northern Beaches?  Have a look at the Northern Beaches Council, History Hub.

If you are wanting to learn more Manly’s history and heritage? The Manly Visitor Information Centre runs a daily 1 hour walking tour. Hear from Manly local guides about the area’s history and heritage on this walking tour.  Learn how Manly got its name, hear about our vibrant surfing history and our historical journey to becoming one of Australia’s best beachside destinations.  Booking is available online or call 9976 1430