Patriotic Fundraising in Port During the Great War

During the course of researching the Society’s World War One Centenary Project we have been struck by the sheer number and variety of patriotic and fundraising events in Port Melbourne during the war years.  Sometimes the proceeds went to local … [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...]

Anzac Day in the fifties

From the Collection - two photographs packed with interest  Catalogue No: 2622 Ron Joosten and his two sisters, Vera and Yvonne, observing the crosses laid on the grassed area of Sinclair Parade, Port Melbourne,  for Anzac Day, shortly … [Read more...]

Port Talks – Listening Party

Earlier today at the Port Melbourne Trugo Club we gathered around the radio as City of Port Phillip Mayor, Cr Bernadene Voss (left) officially launched our latest project Port Talks. Port Talks distills highlights from the Society's audio-archive … [Read more...]

A Visit from the Conservators

We are lucky to have in the Society’s collection a large number of editions of the annually produced Victorian Municipal Directory. In the days before the world wide web, these directories provided a snapshot of each municipality in the State … [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...]

Saucy Postcards from Swallow & Ariell

From the Collection - Swallow's Art Deco postcards from the 1930s (catalogue no 2929) A set of postcards from the 1930s was presented to the Society by George Derham, a descendant of Frederick Derham.  Frederick Derham was Managing Director of … [Read more...]

J. Kitchen & Sons, The Candle Kings

From the Collection -  items from the J. Kitchen and Son collection  Following the sale of Symex's Port Melbourne operation and their relocation to Shepparton, records and items from their museum were donated to PMHPS. The Society is delighted that … [Read more...]

Constructing the Port of Melbourne

From the Collection - Charles Wynn Kiver Allison’s photo album c1920 (catalogue number 2197) Sixty-six tiny but beautifully photographed views of piers and wharves under construction are treasured in this small album. It belonged to New … [Read more...]

Pubs in Port – a snapshot from the nineties

From the Collection - Ron Laing’s Pub Photos (catalogue no 1287) Ron Laing was born in Scotland in 1920. During the war he was a flying instructor and in 1950 he migrated to Australia where he worked as a forklift driver and a machinist for the … [Read more...]

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