by David Thompson
Leith Crescent looking towards Howe Parade (2024). Photograph by David Thompson
Leith Crescent is a short curving street running between Howe Parade and Williamstown Road. It is closed at Williamstown Road creating a cul-de-sac for the small number of ‘bank houses’ that face onto the street. And ‘bank houses’ are the key behind the naming of Leith Crescent.…
Albert Tucker served two terms as Mayor of Port Melbourne - in 1916-17 and 1927-28. His time on council was not continuous. He stood for election on three separate occasions. Nevertheless it was said that "One can hardly conceive the Port Melbourne Council without Albert Tucker". Tucker was a stalwart Labour man.
He was clearly well respected by his peers and…
by Margaret Bride
Emery Street is one of the shortest streets in Port Melbourne. It runs between Williamstown Road south to Edwards Avenue opposite Letts Reserve, Garden City. It is named in honour of George Emery, General Manager of the State Savings Bank of Victoria from 1897 to 1929.
Bankers are not often seen to be people of imagination but…
Port United Boys Cricket Team at JL Murphy Reserve, 1952.
The photo was taken in 1952 at JL Murphy Reserve, corner of Williamstown Road and Graham Street. The area was Port Melbourne Municipal Council’s depot for electric light and bluestone.
This local junior boy’s cricket team was organised by ourselves without adult help and was successful as undefeated premiers.
The boys lived in…
The difference between joy and frustration in local history research is being able to find things. This was a theme of Monday's meeting. Further integrating the Society's computer records, catalogue database and paper files will make it easier for researchers to find what they're looking for in the fascinating PMHPS collection.
Steve Tserkezidis, guest speaker, brings a particular tenacity to finding.…
Last week, Premier Napthine and Planning Minister Guy released Plan Melbourne which sets out the government's vision for Melbourne to 2050.
In the Society's collection is a copy of the first plan for Melbourne prepared by the newly formed Metropolitan Town Planning Commission in 1929. While the whole report is full of interest, unsurprisingly PMHPS headed straight for the Port Melbourne references.…