Meeting – Tuesday 23 February 2021 @ 7.30PM

From the archives. Our February meeting will be another of our regular looks at some of the wonderful items in the Society's collection. The meeting will be held in the auditorium at Port Melbourne Town Hall in order for us to follow COVID … [Read more...]

Prince Arthur Hotel

Thomas O'Brien established the Prince Arthur Hotel on the corner of Nott and Spring Streets, opposite the Bowling Club, in 1870. That original structure was rebuilt in 1882 to a design by architect T J Crouch. The Prince Arthur was among the ten … [Read more...]

Fundraising Stalls and Christmas Dinners

PMHPS fundraising/information stall in conjunction with Port Melbourne Tourism Association, Station Pier, 9 November 1994 during the visit of the Replica Endeavour. Photographer Pat Grainger, PMHPS Collection Over its twenty-Seven year history, … [Read more...]

WWII Air Raid Precautions

ARP Lapel Badge. PMHPS Collection. PMHPS has a small number ARP lapel badges in the collection (right).  They serve as a reminder that while WWI was mostly fought in far-off Europe, during WWII there was a very real danger that air raids could … [Read more...]

A Right Royal Welcome to Port Melbourne

David Radcliffe Recently the PMHPS acquired a magnificent picture showing a distinguished visitor being officially welcomed to Port Melbourne. But who is this dignitary resplendent in his ostrich feather festooned bicorne hat? Is it the Prince of … [Read more...]

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...]

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