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Town Hall, 333 Bay Street, Port Melbourne
Town Hall, 333 Bay Street, Port Melbourne

Port Talks: Ep1 – Putting food on the table

Port Talks distills highlights from the Society’s audio-archive into three 10 minute podcasts.

The theme is the Depression – a time of great hardship in Port.

Episode 1: Putting food on the table

Myrtle Richardson’s story begins: “We were a very, very, very poor family. We didn’t have anything much. Nobody was working in the family. We lived in a little house that my father’s sister owned. We didn’t have to pay rent because we didn’t have any money to pay it.”

How did Myrtle’s parents feed the family?

Find out here


Port Talks was written and produced by May Jasper with sound engineering by Andrew Callaghan.

The project has been supported by the City of Port Phillip through the Cultural Development Fund.

The 1929 photograph (above) shows Molly Lowrie, aged about 8, with her younger sisters Nancy, Betty, Patsy and Lorna taken in the Crichton Reserve, opposite their home at Princes Street, Port Melbourne.