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

Memoirs of Port Melbourne

Memoirs of Port Melbourne is a collection of stories shared by seven people about their connection to Port Melbourne, either as workers or residents. These encompass a diverse range of stories: from a sixteen-year-old who arrived as crew on the maiden voyage on the paddle steamer Weeroona; humorous anecdotes from a bus driver; remembrances of growing up in Port Melbourne by a descendant of a family of waterside workers and a fifth-generation resident born in Garden City in 1947. 

The most remarkable account is that of James Conder. Two of his journals: Under Canvas and Under Steam give an insight into a seaman’s life in the period from 1889, when he sailed on the Ellora from Town Pier, Port Melbourne, through to his retirement from the Australian Navy in 1937. As well, a biographical account of James Conder’s life has been written by one of the many Conder descendants. These outstanding narratives of a maritime life will be of great interest to many readers.

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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.