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...]

Cruikshank Street

Cruikshank Street in 2019. Photograph by David Thompson. Cruikshank Street and by extension, Little Cruikshank Street are named after William Cruikshank. Cruikshank Street runs from Pickles Street in the north, across Bridge Street to … [Read more...]

Liardet Street

LIardet? or Lee-ar-day? There may be some uncertainty over the pronunciation but anyone living in Port Melbourne would know this street running between Pickles St to the east and Princes St to the west. Liardet St has two quite different … [Read more...]

Walter Street

Walter St, Port Melbourne in 2019 image Rebecca Moore Walter Street Port Melbourne runs north-east to south-west between Graham and Poolman Streets along the north boundary of the Port Melbourne Primary School. It was named to commemorate … [Read more...]

“Here comes the thief”

Matthias Larkin This confronting headline was published in the Herald newspaper on 16 December 1891. It described the reaction of one very annoyed old lady who had lost her money by investing it in the South Melbourne Permanent Building and … [Read more...]

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...]

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