The Graham

Pubs have more lives than cats. The Graham Hotel is about to embark on a new one. The Graham Family Hotel was constructed on the shallow shore of the Sandridge Lagoon beside the Graham Street footbridge in 1872 for Alfred J. Johnson, a stevedore. The substantial, two storey brick structure in the Free Classical style was designed by architect … [Read More...]

Historic Port Melbourne Calendar

2021 Historic Port Melbourne Calendar Women of Port   Forty local women are depicted (others mentioned) in our tribute to Port Melbourne women and those featured are not necessarily those that you would expect.   In this packed calendar you'll find a musical talent who joined the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the matriarch of a … [Read More...]

Legon Street

by David Radcliffe Legon Street is one of those tiny streets in Port Melbourne tucked away off the main thoroughfares, not easy to find and doubtless a bane in the life of delivery drivers and removalists. It is a dead end street with relatively narrow entrances off Dow and Graham Streets. When the land bounded by Graham, Dow and Rouse … [Read More...]

The Gasometer Explodes

by Marlene Hegarty McPherson At 10.30 AM on Easter Sunday 4th April 1920 the gasometer on the corner of Pickles Street and Graham Street Port Melbourne burst into flames. The flames were estimated at 130 ft (40 meters) high and 130ft (40 meters) in diameter. The heat was so intense it scorched buildings and people in the area, as iron … [Read More...]

John Turnbull and the Auld Reekie Hotel

by Ray Jelley As we have seen from previous articles about the history of Port Melbourne the many wooden cottages and their closeness to each other made them susceptible to fire spreading from one building to those adjoining it, should a fire break out in one. The lack of a reliable high-pressure water supply and the relative crudeness of … [Read More...]

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