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...]

Reflections on Anzac Day 2016

As we approach the 101st anniversary of the landings at Gallipoli it is interesting to look back at how the news of the first Australian campaign of the First World War was received in the Port and how they commemorated the first Anzac Day in … [Read more...]

Nott Street School Old Boys Evening Talk: An Unfinished Tribute

Come to an evening talk from Port Melbourne Historical and Preservation Society to hear the story of a secret compartment in the Nott Street School WWI honour board and the handwritten messages from families hidden there. This event presents the … [Read more...]

Watch This Space!

Sandridge Motors, near the Graham Street overpass, is for sale by Expession of Interest. According to the board, the land is zoned General Residential with a maximum height limit of 18 metres (6 storeys). The Clare Castle Hotel on the other side of … [Read more...]

Port Melbourne Festival Posters

From the Collection - Port Melbourne Festival Posters (various catalogue nos) A selection of posters from the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s promoting the Port Melbourne Festival Port has a long-standing tradition of an annual community festival … [Read more...]

Electric Sparks

I've been reading a lot of newspapers recently but not the Leader or the Weekly Review that appear in our mailboxes each week these days, I've been reading the Port Melbourne Standard from the time of the First World War.  The National Library of … [Read more...]

When Mad Max Came to Port Melbourne

The recent release of Mad Max: Fury Road has us thinking back to 1979 when director, George Miller started the franchise with the film Mad Max. That original film, telling the story of Main Force Patrol (MFP) policeman Max Rockatansky (Mel Gibson) … [Read more...]

Port Melbourne First World War Centenary Project

The Port Melbourne Historical and Preservation (PMH&PS) has undertaken an ambitious project to mark the centenary of the first world war. The Society has already been tracking enlistments and events in Port Melbourne for several months, … [Read more...]

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