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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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Cruikshank Street

Cruikshank Street in 2019. Photograph by David Thompson. Cruikshank Street and by extension, Little Cruikshank Street are named after William Cruikshank. Cruikshank Street runs from Pickles Street in the north, across Bridge Street to Liardet Street in the South. Little Cruikshank to the east of the main street runs from Bridge Street to Liardet Street. William Cruikshank came to Sandridge in…

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Growing up in McCormack St

In April 2013, John Gilcrist walked the places where he grew up. The walk triggered these memories: John's family came to live in Port Melbourne from Warburton following the devastating Black Friday bushfires of January 1939. His father was a forester, but it was his mother who brought up the three boys - first from a small house on the south eastern corner of Bridge St…

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McCormack Street

Member Dr Robyn Clinch explored the history of  26 McCormack St and learned about its very close connection with the Cricketers Arms Hotel. McCormack St is a short, angled street that runs between Esplanade East and Bridge St. McCormack St is so narrow, making it difficult to get a good picture Thomas McCormack began accumulating property in the Sandridge area from his…

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