Leonard Storey of ‘The Beach’

Leonard Storey was an interesting character, not so much for what we know of his life, but for what we don’t know. This enlivens our imagination into contemplating just where he originally came from and where he disappeared to. His known history … [Read more...]

Anzac Day 2017

The Port Melbourne Anzac Day Commemorative Service will take place at the Beach Street Memorial next to the Port Melbourne Yacht Club at 9.45am on Tuesday 25 April. Wreaths and flowers welcome. Guest speakers include The Hon Michael Danby … [Read more...]

Albert Jacka VC and Port Melbourne

John May, PMHPS Vice-President, will represent the Society and lay a wreath at the commemoration of the death of Albert Jacka VC at St Kilda cemetery on Dandenong Road this Sunday 15 January at 2pm. All are welcome. At this service, held each … [Read more...]

Rootes/ Chrysler site

January 2017 At its final meeting for 2016, the Port Phillip Council considered the recommendations of a Panel on Planning Amendment C117 (Fishermans Bend Heritage Controls) that covered this large site. The Panel recommended,  and Council … [Read more...]

Theofania 2017

A welcome southerly breeze plunged the temperature from the 30s to the pleasant 20s for the annual commemoration of Theofania - the Blessing of the Waters - at Princes Pier on Sunday 8 January. A large crowd gathered on the generous deck at Princes … [Read more...]

Election Results in Gateway Ward

The successful candidates in the Gateway Ward, which includes Port Melbourne, are Bernadene Voss, Marcus Pearl and Ogy Simic. The new Council will be sworn in at a Council meeting to be held in St Kilda on Monday 7th November. The results for … [Read more...]

Representing Port

On October 22nd, elections will be held for the Port Phillip Council. Port Melbourne will no longer have a dedicated representative and the ward of Sandridge will cease to exist. Instead, three councillors will represent the new Gateway … [Read more...]

Malcolm Moore Pty Ltd

Only a fragment of the presence of the massive engineering firm of Malcolm Moore Pty Ltd survives in Bertie St, Port Melbourne. Malcolm Moore set up his firm's manufacturing centre in Williamstown Road, Port Melbourne in 1927. Branches were … [Read more...]

Mr Todd

One of my favourite words is accrete – the way things gather together to create something bigger – the way the beach grows as sand drifts in a particular direction. And that's what I love about local history. You start with a fragment, and then … [Read more...]


The earliest streets named on the Street Plan of Sandridge 1849 were those clustered around the foundation place of the early settlement - Bay, Dow, Rouse, Stokes, Graham. They were named from Sydney. Garryowen made this unflattering assessment … [Read more...]