Now and Then Exhibition 2021 Introduction

We respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land, the Bunurong Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung peoples of the Eastern Kulin Nation and pay respect to their Elders past, present and emerging.

The Now and Then Exhibition was planned to be held at Port Melbourne Town Hall during October 2021 but the COVID-19 pandemic intervened and the exhibition was not able to be held as an in-person event at that time.

However, the exhibition had always been planned to include a significant online component and this became the primary way people were able to enjoy the exhibition.

Nine familiar sites in Port Melbourne are represented in the exhibition. Each panel explores one of these locations to give an outline of how it has changed in the 184 years since European settlers arrived in what we now call Port Melbourne.

Click on the the panels below to view each site.

Beacon Cove Towers
Corner Bay and Beach Streets
HMAS Apartments and Lagoon Pier
Albert and Alfred Streets
Lagoon Reserve
Bertie Street
Bridge Street Light Rail Crossing


PMHPS expresses its gratitude to the City of Port Phillip for the continuing support we receive and particularly the Heritage staff for the assistance they have given to the preparation of Now and Then. 

We acknowledge the support we have also received from:

The Port Melbourne Business Association
Frank Gordon Real Estate
Marshall White, Port Phillip
Kosdown Press

Panel Design and Content:

Margaret Bride | Ann Gibson | David Radcliffe | Vicki Radcliffe | David Thompson

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