It’s heritage, isn’t it?

This is not the place to tell the tale of Farams because it has been done with so much care by Kevin Anderson in his film The Last of the Independents. People often mention having seen it when you say you come from Port.
‘Farams’ has become the word that seems to capture the feeling about the changes in Port over recent times.
The re-development looks curiously modest to Port eyes grown used to bigger buildings.
In Farams final years, people might have said that it could have done with a coat of paint. Someone told me the other day that when he asked Doug Faram why he didn’t paint the outside of the shop, Doug responded ‘Its heritage’. Doug said the original paint was an attention grabbing red. Perhaps like this?

The planning history of the development is told more fully here. The VCAT member said in making his decision:

‘The front facade and verandah of the existing shop premises are the key elements of the heritage fabric and these are to be retained in the proposed development.’

Here we see this direction implemented. ‘Its heritage, isn’t it?’

What are your thoughts on this approach?

The site (could you say its still the same building?) has undergone many changes since the first shop and dwelling were built in 1859. As you can see, the shop originally had a second storey where the family lived. It was demolished in the 1970s. The verandahs were added around 1920 to the Council design. More about verandahs another day.

PMHPS Collection

Sources and further information
They Can Carry Me Out: Memories of Port Melbourne
Port Melbourne Historical and Preservation Society calendar 2001 (month of September)
The Last of the Independents can be purchased directly from Kevin Anderson at 

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