The Gasometer Explodes

by Marlene Hegarty McPherson At 10.30 AM on Easter Sunday 4th April 1920 the gasometer on the corner of Pickles Street and Graham Street Port Melbourne burst into flames. The flames were estimated at 130 ft (40 meters) high and 130ft (40 … [Read more...]

John Turnbull and the Auld Reekie Hotel

by Ray Jelley As we have seen from previous articles about the history of Port Melbourne the many wooden cottages and their closeness to each other made them susceptible to fire spreading from one building to those adjoining it, should a fire … [Read more...]

Marshall & Co, Boot Manufacturers

At about half past 6 o'clock yesterday evening a fire broke out in Marshall's Boot Factory, in Nott Street, Port Melbourne, and in less than two hours, destroyed the whole of the building and a large quantity of stock, the whole valued about … [Read more...]

Meeting – Mon 27 May 2019 @ 7.30pm

Liardet St No 41 Station, Port Melbourne (Fire Services Museum) Our guest speaker, Ian Munro AFSM, MIFireE, MAIES will take a quick walk through 2,000 years of Fire Service history, finishing with a focus on Australia, Melbourne, and Port … [Read more...]

Watch This Space!

Sandridge Motors, near the Graham Street overpass, is for sale by Expession of Interest. According to the board, the land is zoned General Residential with a maximum height limit of 18 metres (6 storeys). The Clare Castle Hotel on the other side of … [Read more...]

Part of Port’s history up in smoke

3 September 2015 Another piece of Port Melbourne’s history may have been claimed by fire. The building that was once the Port Theatre, on the corner of Bay and Liardet Streets, was severely damaged by fire last Sunday. About 80 fire fighters took … [Read more...]

1-7 Waterfront Place, Port Melbourne (1)

28 September 2014 Fire at 1 - 7 Waterfront Place In the early hours of September 14th 2014, fire broke out in the buildings at 1-7 Waterfront Place. Fire crews arrived on site at 1.42 am. 70 firefighters attended the fire. The area formerly … [Read more...]

A Kerosene Ship in Flames

The Hilaria, a 1,500 ton two-masted ship from New York caught fire at Town Pier on the morning of the 7th July 1895. Earlier it had been ordered to an outer anchorage away from the pier as its manifest included a case of detonators as well as the … [Read more...]

The First Sandridge Fire Brigade

With bushfire alerts all over ABC radio this week and the lingering smell and haze of smoke in the air my eyes were drawn to the Society bookshelves and a great little publication called 'Fire in the Borough' by Shirley A Videion. Videion traces … [Read more...]

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