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Now and Then 2021- Beacon Cove Towers

Shrouded in Controversy Apartment Towers at Beacon Cove (2021). Photo: David Thompson, PMHPS Collection. This peaceful waterfront has been a centre of controversy many times since it was first occupied by Europeans in 1836. Surveyor Darke’s Camp, Sandridge. Watercolour by W.F.E. Liardet (1875) State Library of Victoria William Darke was one of the surveyors given the task of surveying the district…

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Allan Whittaker Commemoration 2019

In the welcome shade cast by the now formally named Allan Whittaker gatehouse, people gathered for the annual commemoration of his life on Princes Pier. Kevin Bracken photo Simon Kosmer No one can tell the story of Allan Whittaker and 1928 as Kevin Bracken can. He speaks with the authority of a former Victorian secretary of the Maritime Union of Australia…

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Allan Whittaker Commemoration 2018

On an overcast but very hot day, people gathered at Princes Pier to remember Allan Whittaker. This year marked the culmination of a community campaign to recognise Whittaker, his life and tragic death. It was a time to hand on the story to the students of Albert Park College Former Supreme Court judge, Frank Vincent addressed his remarks to the…

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Allan Whittaker Commemoration 2017

Allan Whittaker Commemoration 2017 Former Supreme Court judge Frank Vincent offered these reflections at the Allan Whittaker commemoration held on Princes Pier on Thursday 2 November.  The gatehouse on Princes Pier has now been named the Allan Whittaker Gatehouse after sustained advocacy by the Whittaker Memorial Committee. Port Melbourne at that time was a very poor working class suburb. It was made…

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Allan Whittaker Commemoration 2016

Legacy of 1928 On a (rare) sunny evening, former Supreme Court judge Frank Vincent offered these reflections on the legacy of 1928 at the Allan Whittaker commemoration held on Princes Pier on Friday 28 October. He spoke without notes. "The question I was going to pose is 'What is the thread that joins Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, Pauline Hanson and Boris Johnson?' And…

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Allan Whittaker Commemoration 2014

Former Supreme Court Judge Frank Vincent Reflections on 'entitlement' Here is a transcript of Frank Vincent's address to those gathered to remember the life and times of Allan Whittaker, shot by police at Hogans Flat, close to Princes Pier on 2 November 1928. He died on Australia Day 1929. 'There is a tendency to talk about Allan Whittaker and the period that he…

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The Dog Collar Act

Jill Dawson, descendant of Bernt Aanenson writes:  After arriving from Norway in 1886, Bernt Aanensen and his brother Adolph "Dolph" married two sisters, Grace and Edith Perrett from Geelong. Both families lived in Port Melbourne. Bernt and Edith had ten children, with five generations of descendants, some of whom are still living in Port Melbourne today. Bernt and Edith Aanensen with eight of their…

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Anzac Day in Port Melbourne 2014

'We will honour them by being silent' 1 Perce White was the MC for the 2014 commemoration of the Anzac landing at Gallipoli. Perce White MCs proceedings at Anzac Day 2014 It was one of those perfect Port Melbourne mornings that make people love living in Port more than ever. About 500 people gathered for the Anzac Day commemoration.  The Piers provided…

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Allan Whittaker Commemoration 2013

Frank Vincent 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…

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