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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.

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