AGM – Mon 28 Aug 2017, 7.30pm

The 23rd Annual General Meeting of the Port Melbourne Historical and Preservation Society and the official launch of PASSAGES by Cr Bernadene Voss, Mayor of the City of Port Phillip will be held at Port Melbourne Town Hall on Monday 28th August … [Read more...]

An afternoon in the Park

My mother Molly Lowrie, aged about 8, with her younger sisters Nancy, Betty, Patsy and Lorna taken in the Crichton Reserve, opposite their home at Princes Street Port Melbourne, in 1929. While the two-storey Nott Street School building in the … [Read more...]

Application for 1-7 Waterfront Place Refused

The City of Port Phillip has refused the planning application for 1-7 Waterfront Place. In a report highly critical of the application, the Council's planning officers found that the development proposal failed a number of tests and requirements in … [Read more...]

Three Photos of Port Link Five Generations of my Family

Whilst converting a terrace house in Bay Street to a photography studio in the 1970s, one of my memories of Port was the delicious smell of baking biscuits from the Swallows factory, not one you’d associate with an industrial area. Lydia, my paternal … [Read more...]

Meeting – Mon 24 July 2017, 7.30pm

Society member Margaret Bride will speak at our July meeting on the topic of "Melbourne and its Suburbs". Between 1851 and 1891 Melbourne experienced an amazing growth in population and wealth.”Melbourne and its Suburbs” will explore five factors … [Read more...]

Mr Webster’s Brother

Our house in Evans Street was built by John Webster in 1886. He and his wife Mary lived there until his death in 1916. John Webster was a carpenter, working on the docks and at sea. This is a photo of his younger brother whose name we do not know. … [Read more...]

81 Bridge St, Port Melbourne

A planning application has been lodged for the fire damaged property at 81 Bridge St. Permit application 164/2017 is for 6 three storey dwellings with roof top decks. Here is a picture of the house when it was still intact. PMHPS member David … [Read more...]

More Migrant Hostel Memories

This week's story comes to the PMHPS from Bill Hankin: "I arrived at Fisherman’s Bend hostel in November 1952 aged 5 with my parents Cliff and Josy Hankin and my younger brother, John. We came to Australia on the New Australia from Southampton … [Read more...]

Greek Festival & Exhibition

Family keepsakes and brief histories are arriving from Port’s Greek families to be copied into the album we’re putting together for our August exhibition. Younger generations seem the most keen to have their family included in the archives, and … [Read more...]

My Shed and its Five Pals

My rectangular house block meets up with five others at the back left hand corner, one rectangular and four triangles. So our six sheds were a shared building with a shared internal wall when I moved into Port Melbourne in 1994. Unique? I … [Read more...]