Crichton (Jubilee) Reserve

by David Radcliffe Crichton Reserve, as it is now known, is named in honour of J.P. Crichton who served on Port Melbourne Council for 51 years from 1905 and was Mayor five times; in 1909, 1917, 1925, 1930 and 1939. This narrow, trapezoidal slice … [Read more...]

A Garden City Life

Robyn Watters writes: My grandfather Bob Watters had a hard start in life. His mother Eliza was deserted by his father Captain James Renton Watters as soon as he was born in 1892. Single mother Eliza and her seven surviving children proceeded … [Read more...]

The 1866 Fight on Sandridge Town Pier

by Ray Jelley, April 2020 While researching John August Daniels I noticed the name Stivey in the list of watermen who lived in Beach Street according to the 1870 edition of the Sands & McDougall directory. I guessed that the family might be … [Read more...]

Henry Whatty’s Port Melbourne

by David Radcliffe Henry Martin Whatty grew up in Port Melbourne during the 1870s and 1880s. He loved boats and boating and the photographs he took reflect his nautical interests.  Boat Harbour, Port Melbourne Lagoon Mouth. Photo: Henry … [Read more...]

Emery Street

Margaret Bride Emery Street is one of the shortest streets in Port Melbourne. It runs between Williamstown Road south to Edwards Avenue opposite Letts Reserve, Garden City. It is named in honour or George Emery, General Manager of the State … [Read more...]

Gustav Adolph (Alf) Heppner (1865 – 1958)

Ray Jelley, April 2020 Gustav Adolph Heppner was born on 24 October 1865 in Adelaide, South Australia to parents Johann Friedrich and Johanne Ernestine Heppner née Ermler and was the fourth of twelve children born to his mother by two husbands. … [Read more...]

Anzac Day 2020

Since gatherings are not permitted during the COVID-19 parademic, no Anzac service was held at the Port Melbourne War Memorial. Nevertheless, some did assemble (distanced, of course) in the dawn to hear the Last Post and lay wreaths. Cr Marcus … [Read more...]

An Exciting Incident

by David Radcliffe On Saturday evening, 7th February 1903 a series of robberies took place in Esplanade East followed by a high speed chase down Spring Street East culminating in a dangerous collision with a cable drawn tram in Bay Street opposite … [Read more...]

The Flu Epidemic of 1919

by Claire Johnson In May 1918, reports of a mysterious and deadly disease ravaging Europe began to reach Australia, causing concern amongst those who had family members involved in the war in Europe. By July, England was affected, and Australian … [Read more...]

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

The Executive Committee of the Port Melbourne Historical and Preservation Society has decided that it is in everyone's best interests to cancel our March General Meeting which was to be held on Tuesday 24 March. In a letter to members dated 14 … [Read more...]

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