Catherine Terrace

Ray Jelley writes An enquiry from Julie Peck of Drouin about her grandparents, Herbert and Emma McConnell, was the spark that ignited a warming fire of historical research on a cool autumn night into the cottages at 53 – 63 Bridge Street, … [Read more...]

What’s in a name? Quinn St, Quinn Ave, or Quinn Rd?

As was the custom of the time, many streets in Port Melbourne were named after prominent citizens, including mayors and councillors. In this tradition you will discover a small roadway, Quinn Road, tucked away in a new housing … [Read more...]

Meeting – Mon 29 April 2019 @ 7.30pm

West Melbourne. The front view of a Dudley Mansion. Our guest speaker at our (post-Easter) April meeting will be David Sornig. David will speak on the topic of theBlue Lake: finding Dudley Flats and the West Melbourne Swamp. The lush … [Read more...]

Meeting – Mon 25 March 2019 @ 7.30pm

Bryan Hegarty will give us a presentation on Growing up in the 50s, 60s & 70s from Middle Park to Port Melbourne. Bryan spent the first 21 years of his life living in Albert Park, the next 20 years in Port Melbourne and now lives in Hoppers … [Read more...]

Family secrets

Margaret Bride writes: Are there any secrets in your family? Do you even know whether or not there are any? We are all aware that many families have their mythologies, based sometimes on fact, but myths never the less. Families pass on their … [Read more...]

Meeting – Mon 25 February 2019 @ 7.30pm

Spencer Street Bridge, 1930. State Library of Victoria. Have you ever noticed the Spencer Street Bridge? Arguably nondescript, this dependable 1930 structure has a backstory of political infighting, pioneering technology and an unexpected obstacle … [Read more...]

Meeting – Mon 28 Jan 2019 @ 7.30

Do you know that you can view some of the most important items in our collection from your home computer whenever it suits you? Come and hear from Glen Cosham, Ray Jelly and Lex Johnson as they show off some of these items and Margaret Bride will … [Read more...]

Whittaker commemoration 2018

On an overcast but very hot day, people gathered at Princes Pier to remember Allan Whittaker. This year marked the culmination of a community campaign to recognise Whittaker, his life and tragic death. It was a time to hand on the story to the … [Read more...]

Wedding – Emma & Mick

Our Secretary, Emma Teasdale, got married on 1 December and everyone was especially pleased to see her and Mick at the Society's Christmas party. So much so that the gathering burst into spontaneous applause when they entered the … [Read more...]

Sydney Sims Anderson

We came across this curious item on eBay featuring a photo caricature montage of our long-serving Town Clerk, Sydney Sims Anderson.  We'd never seen it, nor the book it came from. The page is numbered 197 at the bottom (not shown in the image … [Read more...]

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