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Fishermans Bend – do the maps

On Sunday 7 July, several members of the Society attended a forum on the Future of Fishermans Bend convened by the Community Alliance of Port Phillip. To follow this discussion into the future, it is probably necessary to become familiar with the acronym FBURA for Fishermans Bend Urban Renewal Area. Background On 5 July 2012, the Minister for Planning rezoned a large area…

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Liardet brings news of Separation

On 1 July 1851, the Port Phillip district formally separated from New South Wales to become the colony of Victoria. From the 1840s onwards there was growing discontent in the Port Phillip district. People complained of being in 'the thrall' of New South Wales and that insufficient resources were directed towards the urgent and growing needs of Melbourne and the Port…

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Water according to Walter

George Samuel Walter Memorial Garden Picking up on last week's watery theme, this post turns to Councillor Walter's connection with metropolitan water supply. This week, price increases for water were approved by the Essential Services Commission. The increases were largely attributed to the desalination plant. The Argus of 28 March 1936 contains an article Story Behind the Tap: Our Water Supply cost millions…

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Fishermans Bend Migrant Hostel

Mike Brady's huge contribution to Australian life has been recognised in the Queens Birthday Honours with an AM. A less well know part of his story is the time his family spent in the migrant hostel in Fishermans Bend after their arrival in Melbourne in the '50s.  The experience of life in the hostel is described in a colourful way by…

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Beacon views

Do you remember that a previous post on the beacons mentioned that the off shore beacon used to have a timber walkway connecting it to the shore? These two great images from the City of Port Phillip's collection show this perfectly. view to the shore, Commonwealth Engine Works (left) and the Mission to Seamen (right) The citation says the photos were taken…

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Farams

This is not the place to tell the tale of Farams because it has been done with so much care by Kevin Anderson in his film The Last of the Independents. People often mention having seen it when you say you come from Port. 'Farams' has become the word that seems to capture the feeling about the changes in Port over…

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Edwards Park

The layout of Edwards Park has adapted to a range of activities over time. The radial paths meeting in the centre create a setting that lends itself well to Port's current preoccupation with exercise, health and fitness. A playground for children has been a part of Edwards Park from the beginning. Edwards Park was once part of the tapering Sandridge Lagoon. The…

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Jack’s journeys

Journey no 2 Here is an account of some research recently completed by member Jack Bolt. Jack says in summary: 'Read a book, find an item interesting, go to the book's references and web, do more personal research closer to home, find some more information/data, and inadvertently meet a PMHPS member who is part of the story. It only took about a week. …

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Beacon gets a coat of paint

The off shore beacon is being painted. Off Shore beacon gets a coat of paint, May 2013 The beacons are a much loved and defining feature of Port Melbourne. Wide Beacon Vista with its generous front setbacks reflects the historic need to maintain a line of sight and clearance between the beacons. Until Princes Pier was refurbished, the off shore beacon was…

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