“Here comes the thief”

Matthias Larkin This confronting headline was published in the Herald newspaper on 16 December 1891. It described the reaction of one very annoyed old lady who had lost her money by investing it in the South Melbourne Permanent Building and Investment Society and Deposit Institute (SMPB&IS&DS). The subject of her outburst was Matthias … [Read More...]

Albert and Alfred Streets

Albert and Alfred Streets are two narrow streets formed west of the railway in the 1870s. Both streets run from Farrell Street towards Graham. Alfred stops mid-block after Union Street while Albert is split by Graham Street and continues to Poolman Street. Albert Street. Photo by David Thompson Albert Street was named for Prince Albert, … [Read More...]

A Builder’s Signature?

Decorative Eaves on Workers’ Cottages A constant delight of Port Melbourne is the avenues of workers cottages built during the real estate boom of the late Victorian era. Yet there is much more to these small wooden homes with their pretty iron lacework than first meets the eye. If you look up at the eaves between the main roof structure and the … [Read More...]

Plummer Street

Plummer Street near J L Murphy Reserve. Photo by David Thompson Plummer Street runs between Bridge Street and Prohasky Street with a section running the length of J L Murphy Reserve. The street was named after Dr Andrew Plummer although it may also honour his son, James Ker Beck Plummer, as nearby streets carry the names of men who served as … [Read More...]

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