Pool Street

Pool Street (detail) from Plan of the Township of Sandridge, 1855. PMHPS Collection. The early growth of Sandridge had to take into account several swampy areas, pools and, of course, the lagoon. From the 1855 Plan of the Township of Sandrdige (above) where the lagoon is shown on the right, it is self-evident that Pool Street took its name from … [Read More...]

The Flu Epidemic of 1919

by Claire Johnson In May 1918, reports of a mysterious and deadly disease ravaging Europe began to reach Australia, causing concern amongst those who had family members involved in the war in Europe. By July, England was affected, and Australian newspapers and letters from soldiers kept the Australian public informed. Dubbed the ‘Spanish … [Read More...]

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

The Executive Committee of the Port Melbourne Historical and Preservation Society has decided that it is in everyone's best interests to cancel our March General Meeting which was to be held on Tuesday 24 March. In a letter to members dated 14 March, President Sue Leong stated that 'although we don't have 500 people at a meeting, we are aware … [Read More...]

Fighting for Social Justice

Lou Graham and Grace Patullo (nee Aanensen) The end of the 19th and start of the 20th Century was a time of economic hardship and great suffering. Workers had few rights and there were virtually no social services available. If a man could not work due to injury etc. his family could starve unless helped by family or neighbours. WWI brought … [Read More...]

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