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...]

Whittaker commemoration 2018

On an overcast but very hot day, people gathered at Princes Pier to remember Allan Whittaker. This year marked the culmination of a community campaign to recognise Whittaker, his life and tragic death. It was a time to hand on the story to the … [Read more...]

Sydney Sims Anderson

We came across this curious item on eBay featuring a photo caricature montage of our long-serving Town Clerk, Sydney Sims Anderson.  We'd never seen it, nor the book it came from. The page is numbered 197 at the bottom (not shown in the image … [Read more...]

John Bichard Grut: The Brothers Grut: part 3

John Bichard Grut  John was the youngest of three surviving boys who were born to Peter Grut and his wife Elizabeth Mary née Bichard. He was born in Sandridge in 1861. John became a successful architect, builder and was prominent in many sporting … [Read more...]

Peter Gallienne Grut: The Brothers Grut: part 2

Peter Gallienne Grut was born on the south bank of the Yarra in 1857. His father, also Peter, bought land at the corner of Bridge Street East and Esplanade East in 1868/69. Peter grew up in a single-storey wooden cottage built on part of this land, … [Read more...]

Albert Jacka VC and Port Melbourne

At the commemoration service held at the St Kilda Cemetery each year, Jacka's audacious acts of bravery at Gallipoli and on the western front are remembered as well as his service to the unemployed while a Councillor and Mayor of the City of St … [Read more...]

Henry Brouard Grut: The Brothers Grut: part 1

 Henry Brouard Grut Henry was the eldest surviving child of Peter and Elizabeth Grut née Bichard. He was born on the island of Guernsey in 1853. The family migrated to the colony of Victoria in 1855. The family lived and prospered in Port Melbourne … [Read more...]

Whittaker Commemoration 2017

Alan Whittaker Commemoration 2017 Former Supreme Court judge Frank Vincent offered these reflections at the Allan Whittaker commemoration held on Princes Pier on Thursday 2 November.  The gatehouse on Princes Pier has now been named the Alan … [Read more...]

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