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...]

Port’s Stawell Gift Winner

G A Heppner plaque set into the footpath in Main Street, Stawell. Photo by David Thompson At very regular intervals along the footpaths of Main Street, Stawell there are small plaques recognising the winners of the Stawell Gift going back to 1878 … [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...]

Pool Street

Pool Street (detail) from Plan of the Township of Sandridge, 1855. PMHPS Collection. The early growth of Sandridge had to take into account several swampy areas, pools and, of course, the lagoon. From the 1855 Plan of the Township of Sandrdige … [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...]

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...]

Spring Street – North, South, East and West

David Radcliffe For Victorians, Spring St is synonymous with the seat of government. Similarly, Spring St in Port Melbourne runs past our historical seat of local government, the Town Hall. What makes our Spring St unique is that it has four parts … [Read more...]

Sea Baths in Sandridge and Port Melbourne

Pier Hotel Baths Sandridge had only been settled a few years when the first sea bath was opened as one of the many facilities offered by Wilbraham Liardet at the Pier Hotel. In 1843 he advertised in the Port Phillip Patriot that there was a … [Read more...]

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