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...]

William Cann’s Kitchen

Feeding the hungry children of Nott Street School in the 1930’s was a far cry from William Cann’s former life as a British soldier who had served in both the Zulu and Boer Wars. However, he did know what it was like to be hungry. Once in Afghanistan … [Read more...]

Esplanade West

Little did I know that buying our house in Esplanade West, would change the direction of my life. Esplanade West is an intriguing name for a street, and it led to an early interest in how it had come to be so named. I learned about the shaping … [Read more...]

Meeting – Mon 26 June 2017, 7.30pm

Speedway John Peck will take a brief look at the origins of sport, specifically trotting, at Fishermans Bend followed by a comprehensive history of the Speedway from its inauguration in 1918 to its zenith in the early 1930's when three Victorian … [Read more...]

The Last Milk Horse

I moved to Farrell Street in Port in 1986. Coming from the suburbs I was amazed to hear the milkman’s horse clopping past each morning. One morning in November 1988 I thought that I must take a picture of something that seemed unique to Port at … [Read more...]

Post War Port Melbourne

This photo was taken in 1947. These children lived in the neighbourhood of Albert Street. Jim Power is on the far right of the front row. The photo was taken by Jack Gould in front of his house in Poolman Street. Jack was well known in Port … [Read more...]

Meeting – Mon 22 May 2017, 7.30pm

The landscape of Port Melbourne has been hugely changed by human intervention since white settlement. The shape and course of the Yarra River has been changed, the swampy terrain is now covered with roads and other hard surfaces, and there is a new … [Read more...]

Port Melbourne War Memorial

This is the snap that I took of the war memorial on that wet and grey ANZAC centenary in 2015. (Not a great photo but I liked having the people in it to show how bleak a day it was!) Our PMHPS red and blue flowers can be seen. My Dad served in the … [Read more...]