Catherine Terrace

Ray Jelley writes An enquiry from Julie Peck of Drouin about her grandparents, Herbert and Emma McConnell, was the spark that ignited a warming fire of historical research on a cool autumn night into the cottages at 53 – 63 Bridge Street, … [Read more...]

What’s in a name? Quinn St, Quinn Ave, or Quinn Rd?

As was the custom of the time, many streets in Port Melbourne were named after prominent citizens, including mayors and councillors. In this tradition you will discover a small roadway, Quinn Road, tucked away in a new housing … [Read more...]

Patriotic Fundraising in Port During the Great War

During the course of researching the Society’s World War One Centenary Project we have been struck by the sheer number and variety of patriotic and fundraising events in Port Melbourne during the war years.  Sometimes the proceeds went to local … [Read more...]

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...]

321 Imagined Settlement by Ray Jelley

321 Imagined Settlement by Ray Jelley softcover, 197 pp $20.00 This fascinating venture into the history of a relatively typical, highly modernised house in Port Melbourne reveals a rich and often contrasting history. The story of its … [Read more...]

Memories of North Port

Mary Guise (nee Foy) writes: The area around North Port Station, on the Evans Street side, was a real hive of activity in the 1950's and 1960's - especially the 1950's. Early on week-day mornings, scores of people, mostly men, would … [Read more...]

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