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...]

PMHPS 2018 AGM

On Monday 28 August around 140 members and guests attended the 2018 Port Melbourne Historical and Preservation Society Annual General Meeting at Port Melbourne Town Hall where the Society celebrated its 25th Anniversary. All Photos by John Kirby … [Read more...]

Anzac Day in Port Melbourne 2018

On this warm Anzac morning, the crowd swelled and swelled, almost filling the Beach St roadway between Bay and Nott Street. A bearded Perce White attended the Anzac Service to acknowledge and thank all those who had supported the commemoration over … [Read more...]

Anzac Day in the fifties

From the Collection - two photographs packed with interest  Catalogue No: 2622 Ron Joosten and his two sisters, Vera and Yvonne, observing the crosses laid on the grassed area of Sinclair Parade, Port Melbourne,  for Anzac Day, shortly … [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...]

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