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When we arrived at Manly Whard, it was packed with people, cheering and waving. The Manly Warringah Pipe Band played "Scotland the Brave" as the new ferry glided up to its new loading dock.

The large hydraulic ramp on the side of "Freshwater" swung down, and Cox and I made speeches to the excited crowd. Pat Hills was present, but decided to remain silent. Cox unveiled an official plaque, and the president of Freshwater Surf Club presented a colour photo of the beach.

I presented the "Freshwater" with another plque, bearing my explanation of its name:

"Freshwater Beach took its name from a freshwater stream which flowed onto the beach's northern corner. The beach had been part of an estate granted to Thomas Bruin in 1818, but by the mid 1880's the locality was noted on maps as Freshwater. About the same time a Crown land sub-division named Harbord joined its inland border. Harbord was the maiden name of Lady Carrington; wife of the Govenor of NSW 1885-90. As time passed Freshwater incorporated much of Harbord.

"Freshwater grew in the early 1900's as a weekend resort, populated by campers comprising sporting groups and working men. People came from across the harbour by Manly ferry from suburbs

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