• Image detail: New Surfrider Hotel, Dee Why Beach (rooftop pool), 1976. Courtesy NB Local Studies Collection - SMH archive

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Friday, 25 October 2019 - 10:00am to Sunday, 1 December 2019 - 5:00pm

In 2017, Northern Beaches Council Library Services purchased around 3,500 documentary photographs related to the Northern Beaches. The images are from The Sydney Morning Herald photo archive, and the prints were purchased after the Herald digitised its vast photographic print collection.

MAG&M’s Senior Curator and Council’s Local Studies Library Staff and volunteers have selected around 130 of these fascinating images from the 1950s to 1990s which provide glimpses into our recent past, looking at our culture, environment and community.

From the rooftop pool of the former New Surfside Motel overlooking Dee Why beach and lagoon, to people queuing at the hydrofoil booth on Manly Wharf, to the Modernist architect designed homes of Palm Beach, this exhibition provides a fascinating snapshot of our recent past.

The Local Studies Unit at Manly, Dee Why and Mona Vale Libraries holds a vast collection of historical material relating to the Northern Beaches. This includes photographs, maps and plans, posters and tourist information, oral histories, films, newspapers and council minutes, all accessible to the public for viewing.

MAG&M would like to thank the library local studies team members, Michelle Richmond and Rose Cullen, and local history writer John Morcombe for their assistance with the preparation of this exhibition, and to The Sydney Morning Herald for permission to exhibit the photographs.

Contact information

Manly Art Gallery & Museum
Art Gallery Staff
02 9976 1421


Manly Art Gallery & Museum
West Esplanade
Manly NSW 2095
Map of From the SMH Archive

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