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

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 guarantee of having a roof over your head or food on the table. It was not uncommon for children to die prematurely,…

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A Corner Shop

In the days before supermarkets and large shopping centres the people of Port Melbourne and other inner suburbs shopped every day at small local shops located cheek by jowl amongst their own houses. One such shop was located on the corner of Esplanade East and Spring Street East. PMHPS has a digital copy of a photograph album compiled…

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An Exciting Incident

by David Radcliffe On Saturday evening, 7th February 1903 a series of robberies took place in Esplanade East followed by a high speed chase down Spring Street East culminating in a dangerous collision with a cable drawn tram in Bay Street opposite the Town Hall. The unfolding drama was captured by an unnamed staff reporter at the Argus under the headline An Exciting…

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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 iron lacework than first meets the eye. If you look up at the eaves between the main roof structure…

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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 development, 164 Ingles Street, at the northern boundary of the borough. Other names of roadways amongst this cluster of townhouses include; Velvet,…

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Andrews, George Henry (7436)

Place of Birth: Port Melbourne, VIC Age: 19 years 1 month Enlistment Details: Friday, 22 June 1917 - Port Melbourne, VIC Service Number: 7436           view online service record Address: 243 Esplanade East Port Melbourne, VIC Next of Kin: John Andrews (father) 243 Esplanade East Port Melbourne, VIC Embarkation Details: Date: Wednesday, 21 November 1917 Ship: HMAT Nestor A71 Port: Melbourne, VIC Unit: 8th Infantry Battalion - 25th Reinforcements Fate: RTA: Tuesday, 14 January…

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Donnelly, William (2134/2538)

Place of Birth: Port Melbourne, VIC Age: 22 years 5 months Enlistment Details: Wednesday, 27 January 1915 - Melbourne, VIC Service Number: 2134/2538           view online service record Address: 148 Esplanade East Port Melbourne, VIC Next of Kin: Kate Donnelly (mother) 148 Esplanade East Port Melbourne, VIC Embarkation Details: Date: Thursday, 17 June 1915 Ship: HMAT Wandilla A62 Port: Melbourne, VIC Unit: 14th Infantry Battalion - 6th Reinforcements Fate: RTA: Tuesday, 1 April 1919 Discharged:…

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MacPhee, Norman Donald (6980)

Place of Birth: Port Melbourne, VIC Age: 26 years Enlistment Details: Monday, 23 August 1915 - Melbourne, VIC Service Number: 6980            view online service record Address: unknown Next of Kin: Ruby M MacPhee (wife) 278 Esplanade East Port Melbourne, VIC Embarkation Details: Date: Thursday, 18 November 1915 Ship: HMAT Wiltshire A18 Port: Melbourne, VIC Unit: 4th Field Artillery Brigade - Ammunition Column Fate: RTA: Thursday, 24 January 1918 Discharged: Saturday, 20 April…

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O’Brien, William Michael (630)

Place of Birth: Collingwood, VIC Age: 24 years 2 months Enlistment Details: Thursday, 13 August 1914 - Sydney, NSW Service Number: 630            view online service record Address: 266 Esplanade East Port Melbourne, VIC Next of Kin: Mary O'Brien (mother) 266 Esplanade East Port Melbourne, VIC Embarkation Details: Date: Wednesday, 19 August 1914 Ship: HMAT Berrima A35 Port: Sydney, NSW Unit: Naval and Military Expeditionary Force (Tropical Unit) Fate: RTA: Tuesday, 3 August…

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