Port Melbourne First World War Centenary Project

wwisiteThe Port Melbourne Historical and Preservation (PMH&PS) has undertaken an ambitious project to mark the centenary of the first world war.

The Society has already been tracking enlistments and events in Port Melbourne for several months, exactly 100 years after they occurred, on the project Facebook page (www.facebook.com/portmelbfirstworldwar100). Now we have created a website to record basic information for each Port-related enlistment and to tell some of the stories of the home front in Port Melbourne (portmelbfirstworldwar100.org.au).

There are over 350 people listed on the website already but it is growing each day. Eventually it will record more than 1,700 individuals.

PMH&PS is asking people to contribute their, family stories, photographs and research* to tell more about these people and their lives in Port Melbourne. The Society would also love to hear home front stories of Port Melbourne during the 1914-18 war.

Your stories and photos can be sent to the Society at pmhps@pmhps.org.au.

To find out more about the project and see how you can contribute, project co-ordinator, David Thompson, is presenting a short overview. There will be a mid-week session at Port Melbourne Town Hall on Wed 22 Apr 2015 10.30 – 11.30 am and a Saturday session on 2 May 2015, 10.30 – 11.30 am at the Emerald Hill Heritage Centre.

Attendance is free of charge but due to space limitations bookings are essential. To book your place and for more information visit portmelbfirstworldwar100.org.au/project-overview-sessions

The Port Melbourne First World War Centenary project is supported by the Australian Government under the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program.

The photo of the Honorata at Port Melbourne in 1916 comes from the Picture Collection at the State Library of Victoria


  1. Claire Trevorrow says

    My grandfather Richard Trevorrow enlisted from Port Melbourne during WW1 and served in Palestine. His future wife’s family also lived in “the port”, and my great uncle John Monkhouse sailed with the first convoy in Oct 1914. He served in the artillery at Cape Helles on Gallipoli, won a DCM on the Western Front finally returning to Australia in 1920. My grandfather who was a carpenter apparently made the Honour Roll that was in their church (the Graham St Methodist Church) after the war, but I have no idea what became of this when the church ceased to exist. I also have a copy of the “Welcome home” service you have in your collection!
    Thanks, Claire Trevorrow.

    • Janet Bolitho says

      Thank you Claire – have you had a look at http://portmelbfirstworldwar100.org.au? where we are recording the details of every person who enlisted who was connected with Port. We are hoping family members and other researchers will add to the framework of information we have. How fascinating about the Honour Roll. Please keep in touch with our project which is also on facebook.

    • David Thompson says

      Hi Claire,
      The reference to a Graham Street Methodist Church Honour Board is very interesting. I wonder were it did end up?

      As Janet said, we have been recording details of people who enlisted from Port Melbourne. We already have John Monkhouse (http://portmelbfirstworldwar100.org.au/monkhouse-john-lieutenant/) on the project website but although we have identified over 1,800 people, we haven’t come across Richard Trevorrow yet. Could you please contact us at pmhps@pmhps.org.au so we can get include him in our WWI Centenary project.

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