Proud to be a Port girl, Part 2

Beverley Stephens (nee Dredge) remembers growing up in Port. She takes up the story after her grandmother and uncle were tragically killed in a house fire as told in Part 1. After the fire, Uncle Bill decided to bring his daughter Val to 82 Evans … [Read more...]

Cambridge Street

Cambridge Street (highlighted). MMBW Map, 1894 Passers-by today would find it difficult to identify the street highlighted in the above 1894 MMBW map. That's because it doesn't exist, although that is not strictly true. Part of the street is … [Read more...]

Proud to be a Port girl, Part 1

Beverley Stephens (nee Dredge) remembers growing up in Port Our family came to live at 82 Evans Street when Mum and Dad were struggling through the depression. Around the time I was due, Dad was trying to earn a living selling Jelly Crystals door … [Read more...]

Seisman Street

Seisman Street runs between Dow Street and Esplanade West near Liardet Street.  Originally known as Clark Street, but unproclaimed as an official street, Sandridge Council at their meeting on Thursday 22 November 1883 approved that it be … [Read more...]

Tarver St

Tarver St is a short street - only 500m long - between Prohasky and Salmon Sts in Port Melbourne. When the Melbourne Harbor Trust (the Trust) was set up in 1877 to guide and plan for the future development of the Port, it was governed by 15 … [Read more...]

Catherine Terrace

Ray Jelley writes An enquiry from Julie Peck of Drouin about her grandparents, Herbert and Emma McConnell, was the spark that ignited a warming fire of historical research on a cool autumn night into the cottages at 53 – 63 Bridge Street, … [Read more...]

What’s in a name? Quinn St, Quinn Ave, or Quinn Rd?

As was the custom of the time, many streets in Port Melbourne were named after prominent citizens, including mayors and councillors. In this tradition you will discover a small roadway, Quinn Road, tucked away in a new housing … [Read more...]

R.F. Julier Reserve

When the Housing Commission of Victoria built a new estate at Fishermans Bend, open space was a critical part of the health oriented design. Although the roads were named, the open space reserves were not named at the time. Layout of the Housing … [Read more...]

Family secrets

Margaret Bride writes: Are there any secrets in your family? Do you even know whether or not there are any? We are all aware that many families have their mythologies, based sometimes on fact, but myths never the less. Families pass on their … [Read more...]

Fred Jackson Reserve

Fred Jackson Reserve, Garden City. Photo by David Thompson. Fred Jackson Reserve is positioned at the head of Central Avenue in Garden City, bounded by The Bend, Batman Road, Cumberland Road and the Ada Mary a'Beckett Childrens … [Read more...]

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