The weather settled briefly at midday on Thursday 3rd November for the Allan Whittaker commemoration. A bank of clouds over Williamstown edged closer but no rain fell.
Kevin Bracken tells the Whittaker story photo Janet Bolitho
In front of the recently named Allan Whittaker Centre, Kevin Bracken re-told the now familiar story of the…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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?'
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…
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…
Place of Birth: Melbourne, VIC
Age: 23 years
Enlistment Details: Thursday, 27 August 1914 - Sydney, NSW
Service Number: 468 view online service record
Next of Kin:
43 River Street
Date: Sunday, 18 October 1914
Ship: HMAT Afric A19
Port: Sydney, NSW
Unit: 1st Infantry Battalion
RTA: Thursday, 29 July 1915
Discharged: Wednesday, 12 January 1916
Allan Whittaker suffered a gun shot…
'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…