In the Molong Express, 17 November 1894 Manildra was described as:
About the liveliest little place for thousands of miles around. Everyone is welcomed with a smile and a hearty ‘Good Day! I hope you are well’.
Our coming Mayor (Mr Griffith) is as lively as a kitten and full of business. Alderman Pike is also in the best of spirits.
Our evergreen and obliging postmaster, Corporate Hanks always greets you with ‘I hope you’re quite well, and how are the children?’
Aldermen Whelan and Giffen look as young and fresh as they did thirty years ago and always meet you with a smile.
Our girls too, are the picture of health and beauty and can compare favourably with any girls under the sun.
The hostess of the ‘Coach and Horses’ always has a good square meal for you when you turn up at Manildra.
Riach, Colin 1981, Let’s share a yarn or two: reminiscences of the Manildra/Gregra area, Robyn Livermore, Manildra N.S.W.