Meeting – Mon 29 April 2019 @ 7.30pm

West Melbourne. The front view of a Dudley Mansion. Our guest speaker at our (post-Easter) April meeting will be David Sornig. David will speak on the topic of theBlue Lake: finding Dudley Flats and the West Melbourne Swamp. The lush … [Read more...]

Go Port: Port United Boys Cricket Team

The photo was taken in 1952 at JL Murphy Reserve, corner of Williamstown Road and Graham Street. The area was Port Melbourne Municipal Council’s depot for electric light and bluestone. This local junior boy’s cricket team was organised by … [Read more...]

Why Bother Going to the Riviera?

This image from the PMH&PS collection shows the foreshore at the foot of Princes Street, Port Melbourne, taken from the jetty that covered the main drain outlet around 1947. As a boy, I lived further along Princes Street and this was "my" … [Read more...]

Advertisements from the Port Melbourne 1939 Centenary

The Greater Port Melbourne: Official Souvenir of the 1939 Port Melbourne Centenary Celebrations Committee booklet includes many advertisements from iconic Port Melbourne companies. Many more than I can feature here. A lot of the ads are just … [Read more...]

Greater Port Melbourne – 1939 Centenary Celebrations

From October 28 to November 25, 1939 the City of Port Melbourne celebrated the landing of the Wilbraham and Caroline Liardet and their children on The Beach on November 15, 1839. The Centenary Committee produced a souvenir booklet entitled Greater … [Read more...]

St James Cottage circa 1870

In 2012, 11 years after first moving to Port Melbourne, my husband Zeno and I together with our beautiful boy Luke then just 6 years old, made the move north across the borough from Beacon Cove to Heath St to bring back to life St James … [Read more...]

Kitchen’s Picnic

My Father, Bill Hegarty, along with the Mott sisters, Myrtle, Ida and Alice who married Bill, were all employed by Kitchen & Sons. This picture was taken at one of Kitchen's annual outings, a picnic at Frankston. Here Bill is teamed with my … [Read more...]

Joy of Living in Port Melbourne

Not long after I moved to Port I had an injury which meant I was on crutches! I was outside my house one day trying to give my beautiful Chloe Dog a little shuffle/walk!!! as I held her lead. I was approached by a person who has now become a … [Read more...]

Recalling Before and After – The Westgate Bridge

Looking from the Williamstown Road/Webb dock area towards the West Gate Bridge, just a day or so before the bridge collapsed. Contrast the sky in this photo to the blue of the later photo – such a grim threatening portent over the unhappy … [Read more...]

My Mum, Joan Dawson

Young Teacher Graham Street Port Melbourne 1939 My mum was just 18 when she began to teach this class at the Graham Street School. She lived nearby at 174 Buckhurst Street. Her father was a carter and they lived in a double fronted timber home with … [Read more...]

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