In the late 1980s, with great change looming in Port Melbourne, Dugga Beazley spoke to documentary maker Richard Crawley of his fear that a time might come when he would no longer be able to run his fishing business from Dow St. That time seems to come every few years when newcomers complain about his business or his trailer.…
Port in the twenties - a difficult, suffering place
Former Supreme Court Judge Frank Vincent spoke about Whittaker in the Port Melbourne and wider social and political context of the late 1920s. Here is a transcript of his speech:
"Port Melbourne in the twenties was a place of considerable poverty. It was a place where men were engaged in what…
Rose with her future husband, Norman Barry
Melbourne Cup Day prompts this recollection from member Helen Barry:
“Mum was a milliner. She was busiest at racing time. I always went to the Melbourne Cup with her. We used to walk past the members’ enclosure trying to spot the hats she had made.
Rose Welsh began her apprenticeship as a milliner at Susanne et Cie…
Robert Gooding at Olive's corner in Port Melbourne
Walking through Olive's Corner earlier this week, saw a person reading the PMH&PS book 'Chartered Scoundrels: A Brief History of Port Melbourne Hotels'. Couldn't let this go unremarked and stopped for a chat.
Robert Gooding enjoys visiting Port. By 9 am he had already taken two buses and a train to get here. With…
The Town Planning Commission report of 1929 was very critical of the entrance to Melbourne from Port Melbourne. It reported that 'this approach to Melbourne is a drab and shabby one'.
The honorary secretary of the Commission, Frank Heath, said hopefully 'What a difference a tree lined boulevard, extending for several miles around the esplanade would make to the Port Melbourne…
Pylons at Princes Pier, Port Melbourne
In a way it was fitting that it was a grey and rather sombre day for the launch of the ANZAC Centenary commemorations at Princes Pier.
Today marks the day 99 years ago that the HMAT Orvieto departed from then Railway Pier in Port Melbourne. The Orvieto troop ship was the lead ship in the convoy…
Last week, Premier Napthine and Planning Minister Guy released Plan Melbourne which sets out the government's vision for Melbourne to 2050.
In the Society's collection is a copy of the first plan for Melbourne prepared by the newly formed Metropolitan Town Planning Commission in 1929. While the whole report is full of interest, unsurprisingly PMHPS headed straight for the Port Melbourne references.…
PMHPS finds it endlessly fascinating that it is still possible to 'read' the shaping stories of Port Melbourne in its street layout - the influence of the Lagoon and the Railway in particular.
Township of Sandridge 1860, State Library of Victoria
This is well explained in this report:
"Perhaps the most significant element of Port Melbourne's infrastructure in terms of its ability to…
Dr Stefan Schutt is documenting 'ghost signs' around Melbourne. That led to thinking about signs in Port Melbourne.
Port Melbourne's most splendid signs would have to be those that adorned the UDL building (now the id apartments) on Pickles St. They were painted by sign writer Keith Martin. UDL was a successor company to Joshua Bros Distillery which made brandy, whisky…
Margaret Bride tells the story of her grandmother Letty Bellion. Her story is a window into Port life through the 1890s depression, the First World War and the difficult post war years that followed.
The story tells of a disappeared cluster of shops in Graham St, and the shadow cast on this family and community by the First World War.…