Captain Arthur Phillip names Manly Cove

British Captain Arthur Phillip led the First Fleet to Botany Bay in New South Wales, carrying what would be the first settlement of European people on aboriginal land. However, as he found the land infertile and unsuitable for a colony, he formed a party to explore the surrounding areas, in search of a better area for settlement. Although he would eventually select Port Jackson for the colony, during his exploration of the region, he met a group of indigenous men from the Guringai clan in the area which is now called Manly. So impressed was he by their “confidence and manly behaviour”, Phillip decided that the area would be called Manly Cove.