Mrs Jane Adam: A Difficult Life

by David Radcliffe In the late 19th century, life for many in “Marvellous Melbourne” was often tenuous. Living conditions were fairly basic and the economic depression that lingered from the 1890s until the First World War meant there was no … [Read more...]

Ingles Street

by David Radcliffe Ingles Street is parallel to, and a block south of, the northern boundary between Port Melbourne and South Melbourne. When gazetted in 1860, it only ran from the eastern boundary with Emerald Hill (South Melbourne), past the … [Read more...]

Bridge Street

by David Radcliffe Bridge Street is one of three streets that both traverse Port Melbourne from east to west, cross the light rail tracks and extend into Fishermans Bend, the others being Ingles Street and Graham Street. Originally it only ran … [Read more...]

Changing Fortunes by David F Radcliffe

Changing Fortunes: Ebb and Flow of People and Place in a Pocket in Port Melbourne by David F Radcliffe PenFolk Publishing , Blackburn, 2021, soft cover, colour illustrated, 266 pp. $39.95. With forewords by Janet Bolitho and Dr Gary … [Read more...]

Legon Street

by David Radcliffe Legon Street is one of those tiny streets in Port Melbourne tucked away off the main thoroughfares, not easy to find and doubtless a bane in the life of delivery drivers and removalists. It is a dead end street with relatively … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Crichton (Jubilee) Reserve

by David Radcliffe Crichton Reserve, as it is now known, is named in honour of J.P. Crichton who served on Port Melbourne Council for 51 years from 1905 and was Mayor five times; in 1909, 1917, 1925, 1930 and 1939. This narrow, … [Read more...]

Spring Street – North, South, East and West

David Radcliffe For Victorians, Spring St is synonymous with the seat of government. Similarly, Spring St in Port Melbourne runs past our historical seat of local government, the Town Hall. What makes our Spring St unique is that it has four parts … [Read more...]

A Builder’s Signature?

Decorative Eaves on Workers’ Cottages A constant delight of Port Melbourne is the avenues of workers cottages built during the real estate boom of the late Victorian era. Yet there is much more to these small wooden homes with their pretty … [Read more...]

What’s in a name? Quinn St, Quinn Ave, or Quinn Rd?

As was the custom of the time, many streets in Port Melbourne were named after prominent citizens, including mayors and councillors. In this tradition you will discover a small roadway, Quinn Road, tucked away in a new housing … [Read more...]

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