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...]

The story behind Olive’s Corner

Olive's corner was officially so named on 7 December 2001 as a tribute to the life and values of Olive Zakharov  - humanist and Federal Senator 1929 – 1995 Olive Zakharov was born at home in Kew on 19 March 1929. Olive was educated at Ruyton … [Read more...]

Leonard Storey of ‘The Beach’

Leonard Storey was an interesting character, not so much for what we know of his life, but for what we don’t know. This enlivens our imagination into contemplating just where he originally came from and where he disappeared to. His known history … [Read more...]

Mr Webster’s Brother

Margaret Bride writes 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 … [Read more...]

William Cann’s Kitchen

Feeding the hungry children of Nott Street School in the 1930’s was a far cry from William Cann’s former life as a British soldier who had served in both the Zulu and Boer Wars. However, he did know what it was like to be hungry. Once in Afghanistan … [Read more...]

Legacy of 1928

Alan Whittaker Commemoration 2016 On a (rare) sunny evening, former Supreme Court judge Frank Vincent offered these reflections on the legacy of 1928 at the Alan Whittaker commemoration held on Princes Pier on Friday 28 October. He spoke without … [Read more...]

My Mum, Joan Dawson

Young Teacher Graham Street Port Melbourne 1939 My mum was just 18 when she began to teach this class at the Graham Street School. She lived nearby at 174 Buckhurst Street. Her father was a carter and they lived in a double fronted timber home with … [Read more...]

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