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Buckingham Reserve

by David Thompson

Buckingham Reserve [highlighted]. City of Port Melbourne map (detail), Amended June 1983. PMHPS Collection. Cat No 704.02.

Buckingham Reserve is near the western edge of Garden City. It is named for former Councillor and Mayor Theodore Thomas Buckingham.

Tom Buckingham was elected to Port Melbourne Council on 21 January 1961 and served until 1986. He was Mayor on three occasions 1964-65, 1969-70 and 1972-73.

Cr Tom Buckingham (right) at Holy Trinity Church, Anzac Day 1972. PMHPS Collection. Cat No 4437.

The Buckingham family were drapers. As early as 1922 the Sands and McDougall Directory lists Mrs E Buckingham, draper at 85 Bay Street with Roger Buckingham also listed at the same address. It seems that Roger may have died in the first half of the 1930s as only Mrs E Buckingham is listed in the 1935 directory. She remains there as a draper until 1943 when T Buckingham, draper is, instead, listed at the property. He probably remained there for the next four decades.

79-85 Bay Street, 1970s, showing Tom Buckingham’s clothes shop. PMHPS Collection. Cat No 2979.07.

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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.