Address by Ted Baillieu, chairman of the Anzac Centenary Commemoration Committee at the commemoration of the departure of the first convoy from Port Melbourne's piers on 19 October 2014
"This is the place
Where streamers were thrown to loved ones.
It was here that the cheers turned to tears.
It was here, where the warmth of the farewell turned into the chill of the…
Commemoration at Princes Pier
All three piers at Port Melbourne were used for the first convoy: Town Pier, New Railway Pier (later Princes Pier) and Railway Pier (later Station Pier).
This Sunday, 19th October, Princes Pier will be the focus of the commemoration of the first convoy to leave Victoria in World War 1. A detailed programme for the event is…
photograph Doug Smallpage
On 15 October, people will gather at a memorial at the Westgate Bridge to honour 35 workers who were killed when a 120-metre span of the bridge collapsed on that day in 1970. Another 18 were injured, with many crippled for life.
The day before Victoria’s worst industrial accident, a worker, hearing creaks in the structure, commented:…
One hundred years ago, thousands of Victorians embarked from Port Melbourne bound for the battlefields of World War One. By the end of October 1914, 17 troopships had left Victorian shores carrying almost 8,000 troops as well as nurses, technicians, horses, supplies and weaponry. This was Victoria’s First Convoy.
To mark the centenary of this historic departure, the State Government of…