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Geoff Manning’s South Australian History Archive

Biographical notes
A Depression Kid’s StoryEmail

Geoffrey Haydon Manning began researching his family history during the mid-1980s. His endeavour soon blossomed into an enduring curiosity about the orgin of South Australian place names. Available for free his the  final edition titled, ‘Place Names of Our Land’ is 1,400 pages and was given to the State Library – see the link below.



Geoffrey Manning wrote on a wide range of historical topics.

This website showcases his main works. Readers are welcome to contact his son, Haydon Manning if they have any queries about his research or seek information about his publications.

Channel 7 Interview

Please note many of the files are large and take a little while to arrive…

The Manning Index of South Australian History

The Tragic Shore: Wreck of the Star of Greece & History of the Jetties of Port Willunga

Hope Farm: Cradle of the McLaren Vale Wine Industry

Hope Farm Chronicle

History of the Grange Golf Club

A Colonial Experience 1838-1910 Vol 1

A Colonial Experience 1838-1910 Vol 2

A Colonial Experience 1838-1910 Vol 3

Fifty Years of Singing: History of the Adelaide Harmony Choir

Whisky Makes You Well: Francis James Maiden Story

Memoirs of Thomas Frost 1825-1910 edited by G H Manning

Social History of Thebarton – all chapters

Essays on colonial SA History

Betrayal of Aborigines in SA Colonial History

The Russians Are Coming!