Port Melbourne Festival Posters

From the Collection - Port Melbourne Festival Posters (various catalogue nos) A selection of posters from the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s promoting the Port Melbourne Festival Port has a long-standing tradition of an annual community festival … [Read more...]

Saucy Postcards from Swallow & Ariell

From the Collection - Swallow's Art Deco postcards from the 1930s (catalogue no 2929) A set of postcards from the 1930s was presented to the Society by George Derham, a descendant of Frederick Derham.  Frederick Derham was Managing Director of … [Read more...]

J. Kitchen & Sons, The Candle Kings

From the Collection -  items from the J. Kitchen and Son collection  Following the sale of Symex's Port Melbourne operation and their relocation to Shepparton, records and items from their museum were donated to PMHPS. The Society is delighted that … [Read more...]

Constructing the Port of Melbourne

From the Collection - Charles Wynn Kiver Allison’s photo album c1920 (catalogue number 2197) Sixty-six tiny but beautifully photographed views of piers and wharves under construction are treasured in this small album. It belonged to New … [Read more...]

Pubs in Port – a snapshot from the nineties

From the Collection - Ron Laing’s Pub Photos (catalogue no 1287) Ron Laing was born in Scotland in 1920. During the war he was a flying instructor and in 1950 he migrated to Australia where he worked as a forklift driver and a machinist for the … [Read more...]

Preventing plague in Port

From the Collection - Rats Cash Book June 15 1903 to May 3 1904 (catalogue number 2534) This wonderful document in the PMHPS collection records action taken between 1903 and 1904 in Port Melbourne to prevent the spread of bubonic plague by paying … [Read more...]

Stories from a Postcard

From the collection - a postcard showing Nott St school in Port Melbourne This postcard was found by one of the PMHPS founding members at a Postcard swap meet.   A simple old postcard, but what a story it tells. On the front is a photo of the … [Read more...]

Employment at Kitchens

From the Collection A photograph from the J Kitchen and Sons collection  In summer of 1854-5, John Kitchen, former grocer and candle-maker from Reading, England, arrived in Melbourne, Victoria, with three young sons and little money, to begin a new … [Read more...]

Holy Trinity Guild Cookery Book

From the Collection Holy Trinity Guild Cookery Book In January 1909 a fierce storm blew down the 59 year old Holy Trinity iron church. The church Ladies Working Guild went into action to help with the fund raising for a new church.  They … [Read more...]

Commemorating the Liardets

From the Collection Port Melbourne Centenary Souvenir and commemorative enamelled badges and pins Liardet's ARRIVAL On November 15, 1839, the good ship 'William Metcalfe' anchored in Hobson’s Bay.  She carried Mr. and Mrs. Wilbraham … [Read more...]