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Port Melbourne children from the Albert Street area posing in Poolman Street, 1947. Jim Power is far right in the front row. Photographer: Jack Gould.
Port Melbourne children from the Albert Street area posing in Poolman Street, 1947. Jim Power is far right in the front row. Photographer: Jack Gould.

This photo was taken in 1947. These children lived in the neighbourhood of Albert Street. Jim Power is on the far right of the front row.

The photo was taken by Jack Gould in front of his house in Poolman Street. Jack was well known in Port Melbourne for his love of photography.

Around that time I remember my grandfather with the rubbish cart, a horse and dray, taking me down to the tip in Todd Road via a dirt track across to Howe Parade. I remember Claude Butcher delivering the milk.

I also remember the steam trains running around to Princes Pier and the country trains picking up the migrants from the ships there.

McLelland’s grocery shop was on the corner of Graham Street and Clark Street, opposite the school. On the opposite side of Graham Street was Freddy Martin’s butcher shop. Between Clark and Albert Streets Sideways milk bar, on the corner of Graham Street and Albert Street was Simmmond’s greengrocer and across Albert Street was Sayer’s newsagent and sub-post office.

There was another butcher’s shop and chemist next to the Hibernian Hotel, while next to the Claire Castle was Ray McCarthy’s barber shop.

Jim Power


  • Pancho
    Posted February 19, 2021 9.11 pm 0Likes


    Thank you for sharing this great historical information!

    Do you recall or know if Freddy Martin’s butcher shop was on the corner directly opposite McLennan’s grocery (now the Cellabrations liquor store) or was it opposite the school?

  • Albert Caton
    Posted July 9, 2023 12.11 pm 0Likes

    Great memories Jim! Your mum (Alice?) together with ‘Eily’ Elbon, used to help in our shop on the corner of Albert and Graham streets (which my dad Ted and mum Lil Caton took on from the Sayers in 1952). I think the girl behind you is my late cousin Dianne (née Caton) Moore, who with her late brother Mack and young sister Alwynne (née Caton) Benton, lived across the road from you at 108 Albert Street. I’m unsure if it’s Alwynne behind your left shoulder.

    Poncho—from memory, in the mid-1950s, across Graham St from the school was (Butcher’s?) milk ‘shop’. Over Clarke St on the same side of Graham St was, from memory, a two-storey house, with Fred Martin’s butcher shop a door or two further along. One or two doors further again was a single-storey house where Mrs Turner, her daughter Queenie and son-in-law Bill Stevenson lived. I think Mrs Sidaway’s Milk Bar was next door, and then next door an Italian migrant family, the Lemos, moved in, with boys Girardo and Peppino. Simmonds’s fruit shop (ownership had changed?) was next on the Albert St corner across from our shop.

    For posterity, on the other side of Graham St was McLelland’s grocery shop opposite the school. A couple of doors further along was a (dress?) shop where Tony Ramsey and his mum moved in. A door or two further along was the house where Ron Stanley lived with his wife and children John, Robert, Donald and Betty. Ron was in high demand for servicing and repairing lawn mowers in his shed ‘out the back’. Next door to Stanleys on the corner of Albert St might have been Arthur Nitschke(?) and his daughter/family?

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