Victor Lane Uniacke and Family

Ray Jelley Victor had an intriguing way of letting his mother know that he would soon be arriving close to home so that she could deliver his lunch to him without interrupting his work-day – he blew the train whistle. This oral history record was … [Read more...]

Fennell Street and Fennell Reserve

David F Radcliffe Fennell Street and Fennell Reserve are both located at the extremities of present day Port Melbourne. This is ironic given that Melville Henry Albert Fennell, after who these are both named, was at the centre of community life in … [Read more...]

The Closing of Faram Bros

Faram Bros Hardware, January 2007. PMHPS Collection Early in 2007 Wanted posters featuring Doug Faram appeared in the Borough. Faram Bros Hardware store in Bay Street was closing and former customers were invited to a Street Party and Sausage … [Read more...]

James Graham: was Graham Street, Port Melbourne named after this man?

by Margaret Bride Detail, Plan of allotments marked at Sandridge in the parish of South Melbourne / surveyed by Lindsay Clarke Assit. Surr., 1849. State Library of Victoria. In 1849 the government surveyor published a Street Plan of … [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...]

Ellinis Mews

Pedestrian access to Ellinis Mews from Beacon Road, Photograph by David Thompson Ellinis Mews is a short residential street in Beacon Cove but I'm not sure where the connection with stables is other than in the developers' minds. To me it is a … [Read more...]

Picnic in the Park – 13 December 2020, 12 – 3pm

Weather permitting, we are planning to be in Edwards Park on Sunday 13 December between noon and 3 pm for an end of year picnic in the park.  Please bring your own food and drink, picnic rug, chairs, sunscreen, hat and mask.  With … [Read more...]

Historic Port Melbourne Calendar

2021 Historic Port Melbourne Calendar Women of Port   Forty local women are depicted (others mentioned) in our tribute to Port Melbourne women and those featured are not necessarily those that you would expect.   In this packed calendar you'll find a … [Read more...]

Legon Street

by David Radcliffe Legon Street is one of those tiny streets in Port Melbourne tucked away off the main thoroughfares, not easy to find and doubtless a bane in the life of delivery drivers and removalists. It is a dead end street with relatively … [Read more...]

The Gasometer Explodes

by Marlene Hegarty McPherson At 10.30 AM on Easter Sunday 4th April 1920 the gasometer on the corner of Pickles Street and Graham Street Port Melbourne burst into flames. The flames were estimated at 130 ft (40 meters) high and 130ft (40 … [Read more...]

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