Historical black and white photo of Warandyte main road c1916

Have you ever wondered how the City of Manningham evolved or about the people that made the city’s tapestry of cultures, places and stories?

Manningham’s rich cultural heritage is reflected through a variety of local landmarks and places of significance as well as its community of shared histories. There is evidence that Aboriginal communities have been living in Victoria for more than 30,000 years and remnants of Aboriginal occupation from thousands of years ago still exist within the municipality. The Wurundjeri-william lived in the region now known as Manningham and their descendants retain a strong interest in this area. There are more than 15 sites of aboriginal significance across the city with potentially more to be uncovered.

The European influence (post1834) is seen in remnants of the places built from the mid 1800s. Many diverse places of heritage significance remain, dating from our earliest building, constructed in the 1840s, to more recent dwellings, established from the 1980s.

Manningham has retained many links to its cultural heritage with a large number of heritage places, buildings, trees and landscapes, reflecting the area's habitation by local indigenous people, early gold mining settlements and orcharding past.