The Returned Sailors’ and Soldiers’ Imperial League of Australia (RSSILA) the forerunner of today’s Returned and Services League of Australia (RSL) was formed in June 1916.1
In late 1918 the RSSILA decided to establish branches in every suburb of Melbourne. 2
To this end, Cr Owen Sinclair presided over a meeting at the Temperance Hall on Thursday 20 March 1919. Fourteen…
An interesting aside has come from a meeting at Port Melbourne's Temperance Hall on Thursday evening, 20 March 1919.
Representatives of fourteen local patriotic bodies were meeting to form a committee make arrangements for a Pleasant Sunday Afternoon to raise money to aid the formation of a local branch of the Returned Sailors' and Soldiers' Imperial League of Australia (RSSILA), more…
Just because the war had ended didn't mean that the work of the local patriotic organisations was finished.
In all probability, preparations for the Combined Schools Sports and Demonstration advertised in the Port Melbourne Standard newspaper on 30 November 1918 would have been well advanced before the Armistice was signed but even so there was good reason to hold the event…
About 250 returned soldiers and sailors with about the same number of relatives attended the civic reception provided by the Mayor, Cr Richard Gill and councillors at Port Melbourne Town Hall on the afternoon of 5 Dec 1918.
The reception and the ‘smoke concert’ to be held later that evening were the work of the Anzac Reception Committee that had been…
Margins Memories and Markers (2003-2005) is a multi-location public art installation by the City of Port Phillip. The stories presented at six locations throughout the city were distilled by Julie Shiels from over 400 stories submitted to the project.
In Port Melbourne there are five pieces along the foreshore called Port Stories.
Four sand-blasted granite plaques laid under the benches near the…
Some three thousand people gathered along the roads leading from the New Railway Pier (Princes Pier) on the morning of Saturday 23 November 1918 to welcome the first contingent of returned soldiers.1
Barriers along the route restricted the roadway to 12 feet to allow the cars carrying the soldiers to proceed to the city.
At the foot of the pier, two strong…
The brief article above appeared in the Standard newspaper on 16 November 1918 and unfortunately there does not appear to be any reports in subsequent editions of the Standard to record the order of service for any of the local churches. There is an article in that same edition of the Standard that gives a hint of what was planned…
The Friendly Societies’ Dispensary committee of management met for their monthly meeting on Thursday evening [14 Nov 1918]. The president, Mr S Spielvogel, put forward the following motion
"That this meeting of the representatives of Friendly Societies in Port Melbourne have much pleasure in recording its thankfulness to the Almighty for the glorious victory the British nation and Allies have achieved in…
At 11.30am on Wednesday (13 Nov 1918] one thousand students of Nott Street State School paraded in the school grounds where they saluted the flag, sang the National Anthem and patriotic airs.
The students were addressed by the headmaster, Mr Richards, Cr J P Crichton, chairman of the school committee, and Mr J L Murphy MLA.
Mr Richards gave an apology from…
Brother Austin, the Grand Chief Templar of Victoria, presided over the meeting of the Mutual Help Lodge held at the lodge room in Graham Street on the Tuesday evening [12 Nov 1918]. The meeting was opened with the singing of the National Anthem followed by the lodge’s version of “God Bless Our Splendid Men”.
Brother C H Martin moved
‘That this meeting…