Manly History continues to be made this weekend.
On Sunday, six lots of land overlooking Manly Boat Harbour will be auctioned. Included in the first 9 residential lots sold in the Manly Beach Estate, auctioned on New Year’s Day, 1887, they have never been built on. The following year, on the adjacent lots, James Gibson, a bank manager from Ipswich, commenced building “Culterfel”, Manly’s 2nd oldest remaining house. After acquisition by the Catholic Church, Culterfel was occupied by the Presentation sisters in 1940. Now in private hands, this heritage listed home overlooks the lots to be auctioned.
At the time of the 1887 auction, the commercial and retail precinct of Manly Village did not exist and the lots were promoted for the estate’s ‘cooling sea breezes, scenery, boating and fishing just 10 miles from the Brisbane CBD’. While the promotion for the Sunday auction could mirror that of 1887, the Manly Village now offers a full range of retail, service and restaurant businesses , yacht and boat clubs, the Manly Harbour, and kilometres of foreshore bike and walk ways.29
A village by the sea where you feel you are on holidays every day of the year. Where else would you wish to live, shop, work and play?