Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

PMH&PS wish all our members and friends a Merry Christmas and a hope you all have a fabulous 2019 and we'll see you at our January meeting. … [Read more...]

Meeting – Mon 26 November @ 7.30pm

November once again sees John May test our knowledge of all things trivial with his annual quiz.  Remember, they're only hard questions if you don't know the answers! PMH&PS meet on the fourth Monday of each month, bar December, in the Council … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Monday – 25 June 2018 at 7.30pm

Geoff Dougall and Alf Pelns will speak on the subject of prison hulks at our June meeting at Port Melbourne Town Hall. By the middle of the 19th century the exisiting prison facilities in Victoria were overcrowded so the Government turned to … [Read more...]

A Visit from the Conservators

We are lucky to have in the Society’s collection a large number of editions of the annually produced Victorian Municipal Directory. In the days before the world wide web, these directories provided a snapshot of each municipality in the State … [Read more...]

Advertisements from the Port Melbourne 1939 Centenary

The Greater Port Melbourne: Official Souvenir of the 1939 Port Melbourne Centenary Celebrations Committee booklet includes many advertisements from iconic Port Melbourne companies. Many more than I can feature here. A lot of the ads are just … [Read more...]

Greater Port Melbourne – 1939 Centenary Celebrations

From October 28 to November 25, 1939 the City of Port Melbourne celebrated the landing of the Wilbraham and Caroline Liardet and their children on The Beach on November 15, 1839. The Centenary Committee produced a souvenir booklet entitled Greater … [Read more...]

Freedom of Entry to the City

The custom of granting armed forces Freedom of Entry to the City dates from medieval Europe where walled cities could make the movement of armed forces difficult. If the passing troops were deemed untrustworthy, then the city may refuse to provide … [Read more...]

Well Represented at the Front

Our First World War Centenary project has uncovered many incredible stories of Port men volunteering for active service such as this one from The Standard newspaper on 15 May 1915. The first part of the article talks about four cousins, all born … [Read more...]

AGM Venue

Our AGM will be held this year in the recently renovated hall of St Joseph's church at Rouse and Stokes Street at 7.00 for 7.30 pm, Monday, 22 August. The entrance is toward the rear of the hall on the left of the church, so from Rouse just keep … [Read more...]

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