This is the briefest beginning of stories associated with the Graham St overpass.
Before the West Gate Bridge was built, access to the other side of the river at Newport was via a ferry at the end of Williamstown Road. The Graham Street overpass was built in the late 1970s in anticipation of the growing number of cars that would pass…
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Perce White was the MC for the 2014 commemoration of the Anzac landing at Gallipoli.
Perce White MCs proceedings at Anzac Day 2014
It was one of those perfect Port Melbourne mornings that make people love living in Port more than ever. About 500 people gathered for the Anzac Day commemoration. The Piers provided…
Today's post is prompted by the royal visit to Australia and the approach of Anzac Day.
The Prince of Wales, later to become King Edward VIII, visited Melbourne in May 1920 on board the British warship HMS Renown.
He came to represent his father King George V to thank Australia for its part in the war.
His visit was eagerly anticipated with crowds…
Prison hulk SUCCESS, State Library of Victoria
The Victorian government announced this week that it will be buying more shipping containers to house the growing prison population. The news prompted this post. To get your bearings for this story, place yourself on the beach between the Life Saving Victoria headquarters and the Sandridge Life Saving Club.
In the 1850’s, clearly visible between…
A service was held at 10 am today at Holy Trinity Church, Bay Street, Port Melbourne to commemorate the first service held on this site 160 years ago. The 'commodious' tent of the 1850s was made of sailcloth. This one was kindly lent by the scouts.
Reverend Noel Whale outside Holy Trinity on Bay Street
Celebrations will be held throughout the year.
An excitement of being a member of the PMHPS is to find - and share - material. Here are some recent finds from members relating to Swallow and Ariell.
These three cheery short films of Day in the Life of a Biscuit Factory cover many aspects of the Swallow and Ariell operation against the very familiar and yet changed backdrop…
Melbourne Harbor Trust monogram
The Port of Melbourne looks certain to be sold or leased after this year’s state election. This post very briefly surveys the history of the Port of Melbourne and Port Melbourne's relations with its powerful neighbour.
The Melbourne Harbor Trust was established in 1877 to bring a coordinated approach to shipping and to improvements to port facilities. Its…
Today's post honours all the women who have shaped and formed Port Melbourne from the indomitable Caroline Liardet onwards.
PMHPS acknowledges the first woman elected to Port Melbourne Council and the first woman mayor, Anna Robieson. She was elected in August 1976 and served until August 1982 and was mayor in 1978-79.
Her portrait stands out from the sea of dark…
In late 2013, Port Phillip Council gave notice to Dugga Beazley to cease operating from his familiar spot in Dow St. See PMH&PS's post of November.
Following interventions by many people who wish Dugga well, Council has removed a section of the raised median in Rouse St to enable him to bring his boats into his yard.
entry to Dugga Beazley's yard through…
Hoyt's Eclipse Theatre, Port Melbourne, C1940s. Harold Paynting Collection, SLV
The Hoyt's Eclipse Theatre in Port Melbourne almost missed its silver anniversary according to an article in the Argus newspaper from 1949.
The story goes, a woman living in the neighbourhood found a newspaper from November 1924 under her lino that described the opening of “new and modern movie house”. She…