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Our Walk 'n' Talk Tours - come back next year 

We have some wonderful tours planned for the day.  Take one, or all of them.  They're free but please sign up to ensure your place.  Click on the Sign Up button, you will be taken to another window where you will be asked to enter your name, email address, number of people in your party, and time you prefer.  Click Submit.  We will email you a confirmation and on the day, join your guide at the meeting location.
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All Aboard the Tram!

A history of the Manly tramways from 1903 to 1939  (10-15 minutes)

Your guide:  Tony Lewis

I am a local resident, having lived in Sydney Rd, Manly for around 13 years.  My background is in textile chemistry and I have worked with several large multinational healthcare corporations in senior technical roles, principally associated with product development. I am very interested in all aspects of local history and am currently a guide with Sydney Harbour Federation Trust. I was a member of the Save the Manly Oval Alliance, which helped prevent the construction of a car park under the oval. I have always had an interest in gardening and landscapes as well as home handyman work.

Tour times:  11:00a.m.  11:30a.m.  12:30p.m.  1:00p.m.  1:30p.m.

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Meet at the tramway
section of the Park

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In War and Peace

The impact of our military history on Manly  (10-15 minutes)

Your guide:  Robyn Lewis

I am a retired Psychologist and have lived in Manly for about 16 years, the last 13 across the road from Ivanhoe Park.  I have taken up opportunities to connect with the local community by being active in local issues and as a guide on North Head with Sydney Harbour Federation Trust.  With my husband I like to travel, read history, and take [short ] bushwalks.

Tour times:  11:00a.m.  11:30.m.  12:30p.m.  1:00p.m.  1:30p.m.


Meet at the
War Memorial


Manly's Floriade

Discover the link between Ivanhoe Park Pavilion 1872 and the
Intercolonial Exhibition Sydney 1870
    (10-15 minutes)

Your guide:  Sandy Hudspith

My working career started as a nurse in London in the late 50’s followed by various clinical and administrative and consulting positions both in the UK and Australia. My retirement activities revolve round family and gardening, which includes regular volunteering at the Royal Botanic Gardens. My qualifications include: SRN, BHA, MNA, Associate diploma of Interior Design and a former member of the College of Nursing and the College of Health Administrators.

Tour times:  11:00a.m.  11:30a.m.  12:30p.m.  1:00p.m.  1:30p.m.


Meet on the lawn above
the red Memorial Gates


Smell This  . . .  Touch That

This talk is all about plants, including exotic and local varieties (10-15 minutes)

Your guide:  Tom Hazell

Tom is a local, retired businessperson.  He has travelled extensively with his company that specialises in leather products, especially saddlery.  Tom volunteers for both bush regeneration and the plant nursery, operated by Northern Beaches Council.

Tour times:  11:15a.m.  11:45a.m.  12:45p.m.  1:15p.m.  1:45p.m.


Meet at the
Sensory Garden

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A History of Ivanhoe Park

From its early beginnings in the 1800s to today  (10-15 minutes)

Your guide: Michelle Richmond

Michelle is the Library Local Studies Historian for Northern Beaches Council, a position she has held for the past 4 years. The Local studies Unit manages a large collection of historic records of the Northern Beaches including over 20,000 photographs, oral histories, special collections, plus council records. We also write and research local history, give talks, lead walking tours and assist council on heritage and history matters

Tour times:  11:15a.m.  11:45a.m.  12:45p.m.  1:15p.m.  1:45p.m.


Meet on the lawn below
the Park Avenue entrance


Our Aboriginal Heritage

Go back in time and imagine how the park looked 60,000 years ago!  (10-15 minutes)

Your guide:  Karen Smith, Aboriginal Heritage Office

Karen has been the AHO’s Education Officer since 2011 and shares her knowledge and experience of the local area and Aboriginal history and culture with local residents, students and schools. Karen is from the Buruberongal clan of the Hawkesbury (Derrubin) area.

Tour times:  11:15a.m.  11:45a.m.  12:45p.m.  1:15p.m.  1:45p.m.


Meet at the bridge at the rock outcrop below the Sydney Road entrance

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