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

I’m Glad I Was There

On Tuesday 28 July 2020, unable to meet in person due to the COVID-19 restrictions in place in Victoria at the time, the Port Melbourne Historical and Preservation Society held its first ever online meeting via Zoom. The topic, 'I Wish I Had Been There', was conceived by Margaret Bride and resulted in eight PMHPS members each describing an…

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Todd Road

In 2016, Janet Bolitho wrote about Archibald Todd, State President and Federal Vice-President of the Timber Workers' Union, Port Melbourne Councillor and Mayor, and Member of the Victorian State Parliament so it's no secret that Todd Road is named in his honour. Todd Road does not appear on the Port Melbourne landscape until the 1970s but what was there before…

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Bertie Street

Portrait of Mayor Joe Bertie Bertie St is named after Joseph Bertie but he was always known as Joe. Bertie's family originally came from Teglio in Italy near the border of Switzerland. Bertie was born in Bendigo in 1885. His father was killed in a mining accident there. Bertie had been working as a stevedore in Port Melbourne for seven years…

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Mr Todd

One of my favourite words is accrete – the way things gather together to create something bigger – the way the beach grows as sand drifts in a particular direction. And that's what I love about local history. You start with a fragment, and then other fragments emerge and seem magnetically drawn to it. A picture emerges. So it was with one…

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