To celebrate History Week, we are sharing seven of our favourite historical images from the Local Studies collection. If you want to see more historical images, like our Facebook page where we share intriguing and interesting local images for Flashback Friday each week.
Isabel Letham and Pam Burridge
In celebration of International Women's Day earlier this year, we posted a photo of two local women who are considered pioneers of women's surfing; Isabel Letham from Freshwater and Pam Burridge from Manly. In fact, Pam won the women's World Surf Riding Championships in 1990.
In 1980, the kiosk at Freshwater was under threat of demolition but was saved by passionate locals. This image was taken in 1984 after the building had been renovated and opened as a restaurant.
Betty Morrison was an early resident of Bungan Beach. This image was taken outside her home which was built in 1912 and stood for nearly 90 years. Betty was an active conservationist and formed the Bungan Beach Flora and Fauna Committee in 1969. She bequeathed her house and land to the State Government and requested that the house be demolished and the land become a reserve. It is now known as Betty Morrison Reserve.
Oldest church in Dee Why
The oldest church still standing in Dee Why is now the Cecil Gribble Tongan Congregation of Uniting Church. It was built in 1921 as the Methodist Church however this image dates from 1964.
The original Steyne
Henry Gilbert began construction of the original Steyne in 1858. Completed in 1859, it was one of the most important stone buildings to ever have been constructed in Manly's history. The Hotel Steyne we know today was actually built in 1935 after a fire destroyed the original structure in 1863. It was also recently sold for $60 million.
The late Bob Hawke was a well known cricket tragic who bought his Prime Minister's XI to Manly Oval in January 1988, to play a match against the Aboriginal XI as part of the Bicentennial Celebrations. Hawke's team included Dennis Lillee, Rod Marsh, Ian Chappell and Mark Ella. A crowd of 15,000 saw the Prime Minister caught on the boundary, out for a duck!
Runs on Collaroy Beach
Fitness runs in the 1980s had a different look. This image was taken on Collaroy Beach in 1985.