I’m Glad I Was There

On Tuesday 28 July 2020, unable to meet in person due to the COVID-19 restrictions in place in Victoria at the time, the Port Melbourne Historical and Preservation Society held its first ever online meeting via Zoom. The topic, 'I Wish I Had Been There', was conceived by Margaret Bride and resulted in eight PMHPS members each describing an … [Read More...]

The Freame Families of Port Melbourne

by Ray Jelley ‘there was a sheep dressed up to represent Carbine II with his jockey; Bunny Hare all ready to run for the Port Melbourne Cup; saddles of mutton in fanciful designs; poultry and geese formed from the shoulders of mutton; pigeons, made of suet, flying about the windows …’ proclaimed the Standard on 18 May 1895 when … [Read More...]

Crichton (Jubilee) Reserve

by David Radcliffe Crichton Reserve, as it is now known, is named in honour of J.P. Crichton who served on Port Melbourne Council for 51 years from 1905 and was Mayor five times; in 1909, 1917, 1925, 1930 and 1939. This narrow, trapezoidal slice of land was formed by the convergence of Princes Street and Stokes Street, with … [Read More...]

A Garden City Life

Robyn Watters writes: My grandfather Bob Watters had a hard start in life. His mother Eliza was deserted by his father Captain James Renton Watters as soon as he was born in 1892. Single mother Eliza and her seven surviving children proceeded to move around rental properties in South Melbourne and Port Melbourne. Bob probably attended … [Read More...]

The Port Melbourne Historical and Preservation Society is a totally voluntary, non-profit, incorporated organisation founded in 1993 to preserve the identity of our historic port town.

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