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Town Hall, 333 Bay Street, Port Melbourne
Town Hall, 333 Bay Street, Port Melbourne

I Wish I Had Been There …

The Port Melbourne Historical and Preservation made history on the 28 July 2020 when, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we hosted our first meeting via Zoom.

Eight members spoke on the theme “I Wish I Had Been There …”

Margaret Bride wishes she had there when Wilbraham Liardet had ridden up and down Bay Street proclaiming the separation of Victoria from New South Wales.

John May wishes he was there in 1937 when Port Melbourne and Williamstown Football Clubs swapped players.

Sue Leong wishes she was there in July, 1901 in front of the building where she now lives but previously was a stables and carrier’s business.

David Radcliffe wishes he was there in March, 1924 when the HMS Hood and the HMS Repulse arrived in Port Melbourne.

Beris Campbell wishes she was there in 1974 at Arch Todd’s Mayoral Ball at Port Melbourne Town Hall.

Garry Smart wishes he was there for the Sandridge Council meeting held at the newly built court house on 23 August 1860.

Helen Barry wishes she was there at the Graham Street railway gates where her grandfather proposed to her grandmother.

Lex Johnson wishes he was there on the last Saturday in August, 1946 when Port Melbourne took on Coburg at North Port Oval.

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Acknowledgement of Traditional Custodians

We respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we meet and work, the Bunurong Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung peoples of the Eastern Kulin Nation and pay respect to their Elders past, present and emerging.