Manar, Potts Point

by AF

Apartment 21, Manar, Potts Point

‘Manar’ has a history dating back to the 1840s when Hugh Gordon purchased the site, which was once part of the Alexander Macleay Estate. It was later sold to Alfred Lamb (1845-1890) who built Manar Cottage in 1867. Apparently the cottage was later demolished and replaced with a two-storey 20-bedroom Victorian Italianate Villa.

Mr. Lamb was one of the parliamentary representatives of West Sydney and had a lifelong connection with shipping and mercantile interests. He was the youngest son of John Lamb, of Spencer Lodge, Millers Point, and later Larbert Lodge in Darlinghurst. He lived at Manar until his death in 1890.

In the late 1910s, the residence was sold and was converted into flats by David Davis Klippel, a music warehouseman and publisher, in the early 1920s. The development resulted in a total of three buildings containing 27 apartments.

One of the many prominent residents included Arthur Morley Hardy, brother to the founder of Hardy Bros. Jewellers. In 1931, Mr. Hardy died after falling out of a window from his flat on the second floor. Coincidentally, on the same day that Mr. Hardy died, two other former residents of Manar also died. In 1943, another resident fell to his death from his bedroom window.

The block of 27 flats was put up for auction in 1936 but passed in at 45,500 pounds. Apartments were later converted to company title.

Manar was noted for its ‘exclusivity and orderliness’. It is situated next door to 44 Macleay Street which was ‘a recognised haunt of the Upper Four Hundred.’

Prominent publisher and artist Ure Smith lived at Manar until his death in 1949.

If you have a few minutes to spare, Warren Fahey has written a very thorough and detailed history of Manar which can be read here.

For Sale

Apartment 21 is 119 sqm and has 3-bedrooms plus what would have been the original maids quarters. Management and sinking fund levies are approximately $13,530 per year. Council and water rates are approximately $2,228 per year.

Apartment 22, which had been given a contemporary makeover and harbour views, sold in 2010 for $1.85 million.


42 Macleay Street, Potts Point, Sydney

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