PMHPS 2018 AGM

On Monday 28 August around 140 members and guests attended the 2018 Port Melbourne Historical and Preservation Society Annual General Meeting at Port Melbourne Town Hall where the Society celebrated its 25th Anniversary. All Photos by John Kirby … [Read more...]

Celebrating 25!

Celebrating 25, an exhibition that defines the activity of Port Melbourne Historical & Preservation Society volunteers -- our creative, archival and social contribution to the local community and the future, over our first 25 years. Port … [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...]

An afternoon in the Park

My mother Molly Lowrie, aged about 8, with her younger sisters Nancy, Betty, Patsy and Lorna taken in the Crichton Reserve, opposite their home at Princes Street Port Melbourne, in 1929. While the two-storey Nott Street School building in the … [Read more...]

Three Photos of Port Link Five Generations of my Family

Whilst converting a terrace house in Bay Street to a photography studio in the 1970s, one of my memories of Port was the delicious smell of baking biscuits from the Swallows factory, not one you’d associate with an industrial area. Lydia, my paternal … [Read more...]

Mr Webster’s Brother

Our house in Evans Street was built by John Webster in 1886. He and his wife Mary lived there until his death in 1916. John Webster was a carpenter, working on the docks and at sea. This is a photo of his younger brother whose name we do not know. … [Read more...]

My Shed and its Five Pals

My rectangular house block meets up with five others at the back left hand corner, one rectangular and four triangles. So our six sheds were a shared building with a shared internal wall when I moved into Port Melbourne in 1994. Unique? I … [Read more...]

Esplanade West

Little did I know that buying our house in Esplanade West, would change the direction of my life. Esplanade West is an intriguing name for a street, and it led to an early interest in how it had come to be so named. I learned about the shaping … [Read more...]

The Last Milk Horse

I moved to Farrell Street in Port in 1986. Coming from the suburbs I was amazed to hear the milkman’s horse clopping past each morning. One morning in November 1988 I thought that I must take a picture of something that seemed unique to Port at … [Read more...]

Post War Port Melbourne

This photo was taken in 1947. These children lived in the neighbourhood of Albert Street. Jim Power is on the far right of the front row. The photo was taken by Jack Gould in front of his house in Poolman Street. Jack was well known in Port … [Read more...]

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