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Church Street

Church St (highlighted), MMBW Map (detail), 1895. State Library of Victoria

Church Street is the Z-shaped laneway running from Stokes Street to Nott Street highlighted above on an MMBW map from 1895.

St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, MMBW Map (detail), 1895. State Library of Victoria.

The Stokes Street end of Church Street is opposite St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church which was officially opened in 1881 although, curiously, the foundation stone was laid in 1875.

St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, 2022. Photograph by David Thompson.

Today, however, it is not obvious that there was also a church at the other end of Church Street.

Graham Street Wesleyan Church, MMBW Map (detail), 1895. State Library of Victoria.

A Wesleyan Church was originally established in 1854 in a simple wooden building at the corner of Graham and Nott Streets. It was subsequently replaced by a bluestone church in 1860. It became the Methodist Church in 1902 but was demolished in the early 1970s.

Graham Street Methodist Church, c. 1950. Photograph probably taken by Jack Gould. PMHPS Collection (Cat No 4298)


U’Ren, N. and Turnbull, N. (1983) A History of Port Melbourne. Melbourne, Victoria: Oxford University Press. 

Victorian Collections, Port Melbourne Methodist Church Plaque, 1960, Uniting Church Archives – Synod of Victoria,, accessed 30 November 2022.

Victorian Collections, Methodist Church, Graham Street, c. 1950, Port Melbourne Historical and Preservation Society,, accessed 30 November 2022.

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