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Manning Buildings


Manning Buildings '135 High St' is the name of the current development by Gerard O'Brien's Silverleaf.

It may be distinguished from a separate building complex with the same name which stands at 28-50 South Terrace, in that part of the 'Cappuccino Strip' between the Newport and Sail & Anchor Hotels.

Within the (High St) Manning Buildings a distinction may also be made between Manning Chambers, the section at 1-5 William St, and also the unnamed building at 7-11 William St which contains the Wrightson barbershop (formerly Nixon & Merrilees photographic studio) and two other shops, and is older than the rest of the Manning buildings.

Manning Buildings (High St) extend from William St (7-11 and 1-5), opposite the Town Hall, the length of the High St Mall, and around the corner into Market St (40-62). They contain, inter alia, the Majestic Theatre, and Barney Silbert's Corner. Gerard O'Brien's Silverleaf is currently ( 2017-18) planning to renovate the entire complex - including part of the Paddy Troy Mall at the rear - into a brewery, shops, and offices.


Photo of Manning Chambers, 1-5 William St, 1985, by Skip Watkins, from Fremantle Library Local History Collection #E000262: The Manning Chambers of 1-5 William Street, were built by the Manning family who emigrated to Australia in the 1830s and became the biggest landowners in Fremantle. The Manning buildings were built from 1902 to 1906 for a cost of £2,243, as an investment, by the trustees for the Manning Bros Estate. The National Trust assessment cites Cavanagh & Cavanagh as the main architects for the buildings with various builders for the different stages. The buildings house various retail and commercial uses. Part of a project funded by the City of Fremantle to photograph National Trust classified properties in Fremantle.


Fire brigade map, 1952, of the High St Manning buildings and vicinity.

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Betts & Betts followed Barney Silbert in the shoe store on the corner of Market Street and the High Street Mall - in the first section of the Manning Buildings in Market Street.

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I think this is the last (southern) section of the Manning Buildings in Market Street. The Swan Beer sign indicates the edge of the Newcastle Club Hotel, and the umbrellas across the street on the extreme right of the photo are outside Gino's.

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Skip Watkins' 1985 photo of the South Terrace Manning Buildings, courtesy of the Fremantle Library Local History Collection.


The same section of Manning's Buildings today.

References and Links

See also: Charles Manning.

Silverleaf development proposal

Fremantle Society submission re the development proposal

Garry Gillard | New: 26 November, 2017 | Now: 28 April, 2020