Centenary of Manly Warringah & Pittwater Historical Society

The Manly Warringah & Pittwater Historical Society will be celebrating its Centenary in 2024 and is planning a number of events to mark the occasion. It will launch “A History of Manly, Warringah & Pittwater Historical Society 1924-2024” being written by Dr. Keith Amos, a Fellow of the Society. It will also mount historic photographic displays in five Northern Beaches libraries and is running at least two “writing history” competitions – one for school-aged children and one for adults. Other activities are in the course of planning.

The theme is “BRIDGING THE YEARS” and is apt since when the Society commenced in 1924 it coincided with the opening of the first Spit and Roseville Bridges that gave road access to the Peninsula. There will be guest speakers at strategic locations on five Saturdays during a month of celebrations – July 27 and August 3, 10, 17 and 24 in 2024.

M.W.P.H.S. now has over 13,000 items in its archives and is devoting its energies to digitisation of appropriate records so that they are more accessible to the general public. The Society seeks to co-operate with Northern Beaches Council’s Local Studies Collection and History Hub staff.

Members of the Society serve on Community Advisory Panels and were actively involved in the development of the Northern Beaches Thematic History. We are hopeful of being able to have our own premises by our Centenary.

Over the years M.W.P.H.S. has erected a significant number of monuments to mark historic people and events and these will be depicted in our Centenary History.

These celebratory activities will bring together 100 years of research, protection and sharing of the history of the Northern Beaches of Sydney.

Philip Dart, President

Published Online: 9 June 2022