Freshwater Headland I

Kelly Robinson

North Manly, Australia

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Freshwater NSW Northern Beaches – Stormy Afternoon

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Beautiful Freshwater Beach is nearby and there is views South to Manly and North towards Long Reef

History of Freshwater Beach
Less than three months after the First Fleet had sailed through the heads of Sydney Harbour on the 21st day of January in the year of 1788, Governor Arthur Phillip lead a small expedition on the 15th April 1788 around the hinterland of Manly and towards the location which would later be known as Freshwater Beach in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

For many tens of thousands of years beforehand, the great southern land of the Australian continent was populated by the native aboriginal peoples. Millions of years beforehand, the site which was to become the beaches of the large and extensive city of Sydney was in fact a northward meandering river which cut down into the sandstone cliffs before flowing out into a sea which started a greater distance eastward than it does today. As the planetary sea levels rose, the river valley became a drowned river valley (or ria) and the remnants of the sandstone cliffs between the meanders became the coastal headlands of the great multiplicity of Sydney’s beautiful beaches.

One such beach – a smaller horseshoe bay just over the next headland from Many Beach – became known very early as Freshwater, owing to the presence of a small freshwater creek which flowed down from the ridges and into the sandy beach. One of the earliest land grants allocated in Sydney, and indeed Australia was made in respect of the hinterlands which surrounded Freshwater Beach. The grant was made on the 25th July 1818 to one Thomas Bruin. Thus the establishment and history of Freshwater in 1818 has a longer history than the establishment of even most of the other Australian State capital cities such as Brisbane (Queensland) in 1824, Perth (Western Australia) in 1830, and Adelaide (South Australia) in the year of 1836.

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