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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Who Needs a Chair?

My cousin John Beaumont, sitting on the footpath in front of his home at 43 Bridge Street Port Melbourne around 1943. John’s father Freddie, after returning from war service in North Africa, was sent to Singapore, escaping from there when the city … [Read more...]

Garden City Reserve

This is a photo of Garden City Reserve taken early Autumn 2016 at about 7 am. I always make a cup of tea in the morning and go out the front in my dressing gown and look eastwards towards the park. There is always a difference in the horizon. It … [Read more...]

New finds at Seafarers

When Jay Miller, Curator at the Mission to Seafarers in Flinders Street, and her volunteer Ros Fletcher were tackling the Mission’s closetful of old, unsorted photos, documents, scrapbooks and memorabilia, they found much that they knew would … [Read more...]