What’s in a name?… Manning

The suburb of Manning is named after the Manning family, who were major land holders and businessmen in the Swan River Colony. In 1840, Henry Lucius Manning purchased several large land holdings in the colony, amongst which was the area around Mount Henry in present day Salter Point.

Mannings’ estate was Canning Location 37 which comprised a large rural property of 1, 386 acres along the Canning River, bounded by Henley Street, south to Mount Henry and east to Clontarf. Canning Location 37 was originally allocated to Thomas Middleton on 3 December 1830 and it is believed that the Middleton family resided on the property until at least 1870.

Lucius Alexander Manning of Fremantle acquired the property in 1886 and by 1913 the Manning family had subdivided the estate into several large lots. Henry Lucius Manning was an absentee landowner who made no use of the large area of native bushland, but his descendants profited from its gradual sale.

The first of the land was subdivided in May 1913, in the vicinity of Canning Bridge. The estate was held by various members of the family until much was resumed by the State Government in 1948 for development by the State Housing Commission as a ‘model suburb’.

The suburb was originally named Manning Park, with ‘Park’ being deleted in 1955. Other neighbouring suburbs such as Victoria Park retained the descriptive title.

Did you know that there is a library in Manning? You can find the building and its awesome and friendly staff on Manning Road. Get borrowing or become a member today!

Manning Library after construction 1964

Information taken from Appendix to City of South Perth Municipal Heritage Inventory : Origin and Meaning of Street and Place Names.

2 thoughts on “What’s in a name?… Manning

  1. Hello Librarian

    I didn’t know that Manning Library was also called ‘Walter Murdoch’ (as in the photo). Is the new South Perth library still known as ‘Walter Murdoch’?

    Do you know why the current location of Manning Library was chosen? Seems kinda odd to me, especially as there is only 1 entrance. Could some old council minutes shed some light? Just curious.

    Love the use of the word ‘awesome’ in this post too.


    • Hi AT

      I apologise for not getting back to your post earlier – we have been very busy planning for 2012 which is going to be jam packed with developments and events accross both libraries as part of our 2012 National Year of Reading celebrations!

      The South Perth Library was officially opened by Sir Walter Murdoch in March 1960 and he accepted the honour of having the City’s main library named after him. The South Perth Library was officially named Walter Murdoch Library – Civic Centre Branch, and Sir Walter also opened Manning Library in December 1964, being named Walter Murdoch Library – Manning Branch.

      Our South Perth branch is named South Perth Library, however we do acknowledge the contribution that former South Perth resident Sir Walter made towards literature and education.

      Unfortunately I do not know the reasons behind the selection of Manning Library’s location. As development of the suburb started taking off in the early 1950s, perhaps the location on Manning Road was selected on the merits of accessibility? It would be interesting to look at what road networks and other developments had occured in the area by the 1960s.

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