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Manly Freshwater Parish
Manly Freshwater Parish 15-08-2013 - Peter Liebeskind
Manly Freshwater Parish 16-09-2016 - cdn.newsapi.com.au - See Note.

Manly Freshwater Parish

Manly Vale, NSW 2093

Church Information

Church Name: Manly Freshwater Parish
Church Previous Name: St Mary's Catholic Church
Denomination: Catholic Church in Australia
Street Address: 6 Raglan St, Manly NSW 2095
Suburb: Manly Vale
State: NSW
Postcode: 2093
Foundation Stone Laid: 01-02-1891
Foundation Stone Notes: 

The foundation stone for the first part of the present church building was laid on 1/2/1891. 

The foundation stone for the second part of the present church building was laid in June 1908. 

The text on neither of these foundations is known. Nor can they be located.

Date Opened: 04-12-1892
Date Closed: unknown
Email: admin@churchesaustralia.org


The present St Mary's Catholic Church, Manly (Manly Freshwater Parish) was opened after the completion of stage two in June 1909. The first stage had been opened on 4/12/1892, but due to lack of funds the second stage was not built until the receipt of a bequest from Mrs Isaballe Dwyer in 1908. The first church building was a wooden structure erected on the site of the present St Mary's Primary School in 1868, next to the present church site. It was erected on land donated by Henry Gilbert Smith, which had been exchanged for a site in Pittwater Road, that had been deemed unsuitable for a church1. More historical information/photographs of the church/congregation are invited. Photographs uploaded 27/10/2020.

Note: Photograph attribution/source - https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/18bd3e0a6a1786bd7eb0e72641545f58?width=1024

Note1: Sourced from: https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/manly-daily/mystery-of-st-marys-andthe-donor-with-13-children/news-story/093460b17b3cf3dc09d67b85147f6e75

Last Updated: Tuesday 27th October, 2020