Esplanade West

Little did I know that buying our house in Esplanade West, would change the direction of my life. Esplanade West is an intriguing name for a street, and it led to an early interest in how it had come to be so named. I learned about the shaping … [Read more...]

Garden City Reserve

This is a photo of Garden City Reserve taken early Autumn 2016 at about 7 am. I always make a cup of tea in the morning and go out the front in my dressing gown and look eastwards towards the park. There is always a difference in the horizon. It … [Read more...]

St Joseph’s Catholic Church

This small bluestone church was built in 1881. It was an important part of our family life for many years. My parents Robert Kilpatrick and Bette Jago were married there in 1943, during World War 2. The photo shows my father wearing his R.A.A.F. … [Read more...]

George Samuel Walter Memorial Garden, 2016

At our July meeting we presented the entries to the My Port Melbourne photograph competition, announced the winners and made our selection for the People's Choice Award. Christine Griffith's entry, "George Samuel Walter Memorial Garden, 2016", was … [Read more...]

Naming

The earliest streets named on the Street Plan of Sandridge 1849 were those clustered around the foundation place of the early settlement - Bay, Dow, Rouse, Stokes, Graham. They were named from Sydney. Garryowen made this unflattering assessment about … [Read more...]

Miss Jago’s Corner Shop

Annetta (Joy) Phillips writes about the former shop on the corner of Heath and Ingles Streets: Irene ('Rene') was the elder of two Jago sisters. In 1937 she opened a grocery and bakery shop at 101 Ingles Street. Rene was in charge of the … [Read more...]

A Brief History of the London Hotel

The London Family Hotel held the best position of all Port Melbourne's waterfront pubs, next to the Station and nearest to Railway/Station Pier. There was a time when this 28 room hotel was the most grand in Sandridge, which can be attested to … [Read more...]

Growing up in McCormack St

In April 2013, John Gilcrist walked the places where he grew up. The walk triggered these memories: John's family came to live in Port Melbourne from Warburton following the devastating Black Friday bushfires of January 1939. His father was a … [Read more...]

First Flush at the All England Eleven

  This unprepossessing corner was once the site of the All England Eleven Hotel. The hotel was demolished in 1953 according to this account in The Herald of this week's date: ‘If you stand in Princes St, and look in through the windows … [Read more...]

Barry’s Ideal Dairy

Helen Barry writes: "My father’s family dairy was at 68 Ingles Street, Port Melbourne from about 1931 to 1972. The property consisted of a two-storey dwelling with a milk bar in the front where Dad’s mother Nellie Barry and sister Bernice sold … [Read more...]

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