Friday, September 29, 2006
Evening glory in Manly
Manly is a seaside resort located seven miles from Sydney on the north shore. Its situation is unique in that it boasts a spectacular surf beach on the ocean side and some wonderful protected coves on the bay side. Discovered by Captain Phillip in 1788, it was named after the local clans of aborigines who greeted him with 'manly' gestures. The Quarantine Station was built there in 1832 to segregate ill passengers when they stepped off the ships arriving from England. Manly remained quite isolated until Henry Gilbert Smith bought some land there in 1853, introduced a ferry service and started to plant along Manly Cove the iconic Norfolk Pines that are now so deeply associated with the place. Two superb specimen here.