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

Byrne Street

by David Thompson Byrne Street sign, August 2022. Photograph by David Thompson. Byrne Street is that short street near the Port Melbourne Tennis Club that provides access to Garden City via Poolman Street. It is named for Robert Byrne - Councillor, Victorian Member of Parliament, auctioneer and landowner. Robert Byrne was born in Waterford, Ireland in 1821. He emigrated to the…

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AGM, 23 August 2022 @ 7.30pm

The 2022 Annual General Meeting of the Port Melbourne Historical and Preservation Society will be held on 23 August 2022 at the Port Melbourne Town Hall and via Zoom commencing at 7.30pm. The guest speaker will be Amanda Scardamaglia who will give us a presentation entitled Printed on Stone: The Lithographs of Charles Troedel. Charles Troedel (1835–1906) was a master…

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Meeting – 26 July 2022 @ 7.30pm

Lyn Allison will be guest speaker at our July meeting. She will speak on the topic of the biodiversity of Westgate. Lyn is the the president of Westgate Biodiversity: Bili Nursery & Landcare formed from the merger of Friends of Westgate Park and the St Kilda Indigenous Nursery (based next to the Port Melbourne Football Ground).  Lyn was an independent Councillor in the last Port…

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Tucker Avenue

Albert Tucker served two terms as Mayor of Port Melbourne - in 1916-17 and 1927-28. His time on council was not continuous. He stood for election on three separate occasions. Nevertheless it was said that "One can hardly conceive the Port Melbourne Council without Albert Tucker". Tucker was a stalwart Labour man. He was clearly well respected by his peers and…

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Meeting – 28 June 2022 @ 7.30pm

Tim Harding will speak on the topic of Major Harry Shaw: pioneer aviator of Port Melbourne at the Society's June meeting. Major Harry Turner Shaw OBE (1889-1973) was an Australian pioneer aviator, both in wartime and peace. During the 1920s, he had an aircraft engineering factory, hangar and airstrip at Port Melbourne, from which he became the first civilian to fly from…

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Pye Street

Pye Street (highlighted). Robinson's Street Directory of Melbourne and Suburbs, Ed 3, c. 1950s. Pye Street is a short street running from Williamstown Road to Dunstan Parade in Garden City. It is named for former Victorian State politician, Henry Pye. Henry Pye was born on Christmas Day, 1873 to a farming family at Burnewang near Rochester, Victoria. At a young age…

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Fred David: Designing Planes on the Bend

by David Radcliffe In early 1942, Australia urgently needed a fighter aircraft to defend against possible invasion. The result was the CA-12 Boomerang, designed by Fred David at the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation in Fishermans Bend. Before coming to Australia, Fred David had worked for aircraft makers in Germany and Japan. This included helping to design the Aichi dive bomber used…

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