Manly Aboriginal camps

Mrs Janet Kennedy (nee Williams) recalls “that the Manly district contained a number of Aboriginal camps”. (Kennedy 1937) The people were living on a mixture of British food (especially tea, flour and sugar) and bush tucker.

  • Banksia cone for fuel
  • Bush nuts (Macadamia)
  • Gymea Lily for nectar
  • Port Jackson figs
  • Port Jackson figs

Mrs O’Shanessy, a daughter of ferry engineer Robert Grant recalls “Where the Catholic Church now stands in Whistler Street there was an aboriginal camp that was nearly always occupied by a tribe of the coastal blacks, then an everyday feature of Manly’s life.” (Manly Council 1910, Official Jubilee History)

  • Manly Beach, Port Jackson, Courtesy Manly Museum and Gallery