Sandridge Stars

Recently Mark Nettleton wrote to us about two football clubs from Garden City that played in the Melbourne Amateur Sunday Football Association during the 1950s. Garden City Football Club played their home matches at Garden City Oval No. 1 (now … [Read more...]

Todd Road

In 2016, Janet Bolitho wrote about Archibald Todd, State President and Federal Vice-President of the Timber Workers' Union, Port Melbourne Councillor and Mayor, and Member of the Victorian State Parliament so it's no secret that Todd Road is named in … [Read more...]

The 1866 Fight on Sandridge Town Pier

by Ray Jelley, April 2020 While researching John August Daniels I noticed the name Stivey in the list of watermen who lived in Beach Street according to the 1870 edition of the Sands & McDougall directory. I guessed that the family might be … [Read more...]

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...]

Emery Street

Margaret Bride Emery Street is one of the shortest streets in Port Melbourne. It runs between Williamstown Road south to Edwards Avenue opposite Letts Reserve, Garden City. It is named in honour or George Emery, General Manager of the State … [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...]

Bertie Street

Portrait of Mayor Joe Bertie Bertie St is named after Joseph Bertie but he was always known as Joe. Bertie's family originally came from Teglio in Italy near the border of Switzerland. Bertie was born in Bendigo in 1885. His father was killed … [Read more...]

Fighting for Social Justice

Lou Graham and Grace Patullo (nee Aanensen) The end of the 19th and start of the 20th Century was a time of economic hardship and great suffering. Workers had few rights and there were virtually no social services available. If a man could not … [Read more...]

W C Cone and Company of Port Melbourne

23 January 2020 Ray Jelley writes In somewhat of a coincidence I began this article on 20 December 2019 – a day that almost broke the record for the hottest Melbourne day in December for 143 years – the temperature reached 43.2 degrees Celsius … [Read more...]

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