Manly, NSW - Congregational

Year Built: 1862

Denomination: Congregational

Address: 50 Sydney Road, Manly, New South Wales, 2095

Architect: Unknown

Traditional Owners: Gayemagal people

Last Updated: 02/08/2023

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History and Architecture:

The Church is the oldest ecclesiastical building on the northern beaches of Sydney. The Church was opened in December 1863.

In 1859 Manly’s founder, Henry Gilbert Smith, sold a parcel of land in Raglan St for £100 to John Fairfax, who was co-owner of the Sydney Morning Herald, and David Jones, the founder of the up-market department store

In 1862 John Fairfax and David Jones sold the block of land in Raglan St and they bought two blocks of land fronting Sydney Rd from H.G. Smith for £100 (half their real value). One of the blocks – the one on the corner of Sydney Rd and Whistler St – was to be the site of the church and the other was to be the site of the manse.

When the foundation stone of the church was laid on August 7, 1862, Smith’s four-year-old son Henry was given the “task” of laying it. The church was built in the Gothic Revival style, opened for service on December 8, 1863, having cost £700 to build.


This list may not contain every serving cleric, past or present, for this church.
Further submissions welcomed.

Years Name Annotation D.o.B D.o.D
1864 - Rev Robert Day
- Rev J. West
- Rev A. Brown
- Rev R. M. Morris
1874 - Rev John Alexander Downie Locum


No information currently available. Submissions welcomed.


1. sydney morning telegragh article.