Local History Talks at Boyd

Southbank Library at Boyd are initiating Sunday School, a series of monthly Local History Talks with a different presenter each month. In October, Goldie Alexander, the music teacher at J H Boyd Domestic College in 1967 will return to Boyd to talk … [Read more...]

Ring the bell

6 April 2014 A service was held at 10 am today at Holy Trinity Church, Bay Street, Port Melbourne to commemorate the first service held on this site 160 years ago. The 'commodious' tent of the 1850s was made of sailcloth. This one was kindly lent … [Read more...]

A Silver Anniversary

The Hoyt's Eclipse Theatre in Port Melbourne almost missed its silver anniversary according to an article in the Argus newspaper from 1949. The story goes, a woman living in the neighbourhood found a newspaper from November 1924 under her lino … [Read more...]

Nott Street Maypole Squad

Often at the Society we come across a photo that stops us in our tracks because we want to know more. This is one of those photos. Many times there are no clues in the picture to help determine what it might be but in this case we have three key … [Read more...]

Piers Festival

Princes Pier is the main stage for the Piers Festival hosted by Mutlicultural Arts Victoria this Saturday. Here is the programme. A highlight will be the migration forums but you must book - they are very popular. It seems like a good time to talk … [Read more...]

Launch of the ANZAC Centenary at Princes Pier: a time for re-connection

In a way it was fitting that it was a grey and rather sombre day for the launch of the ANZAC Centenary commemorations at Princes Pier. Today marks the day 99 years ago that the HMAT Orvieto departed from then Railway Pier in Port Melbourne. The … [Read more...]

The first Australian railway

Flinders Street Station c1854. Australia's first railway. Sketch by S.T. Gill showing the first station buildings and the single line from Sandridge.: Culture Victoria 'Yesterday was memorable in the annals of Victoria and of Australia, for the … [Read more...]

Tall Ships Festival: 6 to 15 September

The Tall Ships Festival starts today with ships coming through the Heads and arriving in Williamstown tomorrow. The Tall Ships came to Port Melbourne in 1988 for the Bicentenary Celebrations which were launched nationwide on New Year's Eve at … [Read more...]

Separation – becoming Victoria

On 1 July 1851, the Port Phillip district formally separated from New South Wales to become the colony of Victoria. From the 1840s onwards there was growing discontent in the Port Phillip district. People complained of being in 'the thrall' of New … [Read more...]

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