Pool Street

Pool Street (detail) from Plan of the Township of Sandridge, 1855. PMHPS Collection. The early growth of Sandridge had to take into account several swampy areas, pools and, of course, the lagoon. From the 1855 Plan of the Township of Sandrdige … [Read more...]

The Flu Epidemic of 1919

by Claire Johnson In May 1918, reports of a mysterious and deadly disease ravaging Europe began to reach Australia, causing concern amongst those who had family members involved in the war in Europe. By July, England was affected, and Australian … [Read more...]

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

The Executive Committee of the Port Melbourne Historical and Preservation Society has decided that it is in everyone's best interests to cancel our March General Meeting which was to be held on Tuesday 24 March. In a letter to members dated 14 … [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...]

A Right Royal Welcome to Port Melbourne

David Radcliffe Recently the PMHPS acquired a magnificent picture showing a distinguished visitor being officially welcomed to Port Melbourne. But who is this dignitary resplendent in his ostrich feather festooned bicorne hat? Is it the Prince of … [Read more...]

Spring Street – North, South, East and West

David Radcliffe For Victorians, Spring St is synonymous with the seat of government. Similarly, Spring St in Port Melbourne runs past our historical seat of local government, the Town Hall. What makes our Spring St unique is that it has four parts … [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...]

Whittaker commemoration 2019

In the welcome shade cast by the now formally named Allan Whittaker gatehouse, people gathered for the annual commemoration of his life on Princes Pier. Kevin Bracken photo Simon Kosmer No one can tell the story of Alan Whittaker and 1928 as … [Read more...]

Comodo SSL