1920 – 1930: Family in Tent

During World War 1 there were high expectations of a post-war world that was to be better place. The grim reality of Port Melbourne life in the 1920s showed their optimism had been misplaced. Many of the men who survived war service returned damaged and for ever changed by the horrors they had lived through.

Although outwardly a prosperous time, especially compared to the decade that followed, unemployment was high. Advances in the mechanisation of ship handling made dock work a little safer but reduced the number of men required, with a heavy impact on families in Port. In 1919 a Relief Committee was set up here to feed the hungry. 

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