Meeting – Mon 23 July at 730pm

The July meeting of the Society will be a members participation night. Three Society members who have very long family connections to Port Melbourne will present material about their family histories. After each short presentation the audience will have the opportunity to comment and contribute from their own family stories.

Helen BarryGlen Cosham, long time member of our Society, former President and currently Treasurer. From South London to Port Melbourne, Glen will discuss four generations of his family and their ties with the suburb where he has lived his whole life.

Helen Barry (right) has been an active member of PMH&PS for many years. She has lived in the same house in Port Melbourne all her life.  She went to Graham Street State School, the same school her maternal grandmother attended the first day it opened. She has no intention of moving and also agrees with many Port Melbourne residents, who say ‘they can carry me out’.

Kelly Gardiner, daughter of Society members Barbara and Bob Gardiner, will interview her mother mainly about the wonderful donation Barbara made to our collection a few months ago. Barbara was one of the very small group of early volunteers who worked in the old St Joseph’s school rooms, to catalogue the first items ever collected by the Society.

PMH&PS meet on the fourth Monday of each month, bar December, in the Council Chamber at Port Melbourne Town Hall in Bay Street.

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