A Soldiers Story: Private George Williams (1895 – 1975)

In 1998 the Society received a donation of a framed mounted photograph and medals of a World War 1 soldier donated by his daughter and granddaughter. They wanted it preserved because there was no one left in the family to whom it could be … [Read more...]

Unhappy Ending

Roland Thomas Rose, Licensed Grocer of 168 Ross Street, Port Melbourne, the proud owner of his 'company' car. In the mid 1930's, some ten years after this photograph was taken, Roland was tragically killed in a car accident on the corner of Ross … [Read more...]

Documenting Change: the Ron Laing collection

The Ron Laing Collection PMH&PS is fortunate to have in its collection an impressive number of photographs taken by Ron Laing (1920 to 2003) Ron Laing spent the years between his retirement in 1984 and the end of his life documenting the … [Read more...]

Movement at the Station (Pier)

From the PMHPS collection A place of “Welcome and Farewell”  - Early settlers, cargo ships, soldiers going overseas to fight in the wars, new migrants and travellers embarking on an overseas holiday would throw coloured streamers to family, … [Read more...]

Historic Marriage Records Preserved by the PMHPS

The original Church of England in the Borough of Sandridge was established in a tent on the corner of Bay and Graham Streets in 1854. It was reported in the Church of England Messenger of 1854 that '...a commodious tent, we'll fitted up, has been … [Read more...]

Hard Times in Port

Some of the early items added to the PMHPS collection were three very large pawnbroker’s pledge books. They were found in a chimney in Bay Street, from the Johnny Allsorts Pawnbrokers. They contain thousands of poignant transactions involving most … [Read more...]

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