Walks Around Vintage Port

Set of seven self-guided walks around old Port Melbourne Updated - 2016/17   1 - Beach to Borough: Liardet's Beach and Early Sandridge 2 - Along the Vanishing Lagoon 3 - Steamers & Streamers: The Piers at Port Melbourne 4 - From Pier to … [Read more...]

First Flush at the All England Eleven

  This unprepossessing corner was once the site of the All England Eleven Hotel. The hotel was demolished in 1953 according to this account in The Herald of this week's date: ‘If you stand in Princes St, and look in through the windows … [Read more...]

The Graham St Rockeries

This is the briefest beginning of stories associated with the Graham St overpass. Before the Westgate Bridge was built, access to the other side of the river at Newport was via a ferry at the end of Williamstown Road.  The Graham Street overpass … [Read more...]

It has to be about cricket

Now all posts on this site must pass the Port Melbourne connection test. PMHPS suggests that it is not straining this test to say that Port Melbourne has a connection with the history of the Ashes. Read on. Over Christmas 1861, the colony of … [Read more...]

Chartered Scoundrels by Pat Grainger

Chartered Scoundrels: A brief history of Port Melbourne hotels by Pat Grainger   PMH&PS 2007, Soft cover, illustrated, 92 pp $20.00   The first two were opened on the Beach in 1840. Once gold was discovered in Victoria in 1851, some … [Read more...]

“They Can Carry Me Out”

"They Can Carry Me Out" - Memories of Port Melbourne Edited by Pat Grainger   PMH&PS 1991, A4 soft cover, illustrated, 96 pp $10.00   Reprint of 1991 Vintage Port: Worth Preserving oral history project.   Compiled from the memories of many … [Read more...]

Historic Port Melbourne Calendars

Annotated pictorial calendars Get them while they last !!! 2017 Borough Homes Part 2: Interwar Estates - sold out 2016 Borough Homes Part 1 - $2.00 2015 All About Wheels - sold out 2014 Hotels - $2.00 2013 Pens, Pencils, Photography, Paint - … [Read more...]

Sepia Heritage Postcards

Set of 7 sepia postcards of sights around Port Melbourne from the 1870s to the 1980s. See what you can still recognise today, and what has now passed into history :-   Sandridge Hotel, Rotunda and Swallow & Ariel, 1980s Gem Paddlesteamer at … [Read more...]

A bit early?

Walking through Olive's Corner earlier this week, saw a person reading the PMH&PS book 'Chartered Scoundrels: A Brief History of Port Melbourne Hotels'. Couldn't let this go unremarked and stopped for a chat. Robert Gooding enjoys visiting … [Read more...]

Separation – becoming Victoria

On 1 July 1851, the Port Phillip district formally separated from New South Wales to become the colony of Victoria. From the 1840s onwards there was growing discontent in the Port Phillip district. People complained of being in 'the thrall' of New … [Read more...]