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

Pye Street

Pye Street (highlighted). Robinson's Street Directory of Melbourne and Suburbs, Ed 3, c. mid 1940s. Pye Street is a short street running from Williamstown Road to Dunstan Parade in Garden City. It is named for former Victorian State politician, Henry Pye. Henry Pye was born on Christmas Day, 1873 to a farming family at Burnewang near Rochester, Victoria. At a young…

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Fred David: Designing Planes on the Bend

by David Radcliffe In early 1942, Australia urgently needed a fighter aircraft to defend against possible invasion. The result was the CA-12 Boomerang, designed by Fred David at the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation in Fishermans Bend. Before coming to Australia, Fred David had worked for aircraft makers in Germany and Japan. This included helping to design the Aichi dive bomber used…

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GMH Social Centre

Former GMH Social Centre. Photograph by David Thompson. The former General Motors-Holden Social Centre is tucked away off Salmon Street. Constructed in 1945 by Richmond builder, E A Watts Ltd, the building hosted concerts, balls and all manner of GMH employee functions but, primarily, was their canteen. Typical fare in the mid-1990s included French Onion soup (70c), Beef Stroganoff ($3.50) and…

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Aircraft of Fishermans Bend

At the bottom end of Lorimer Street in the shadows of the Westgate Bridge there is a series of streets that reflect one the key industries that has occupied the area since the mid 1930s. Although now part of the City of Melbourne, these streets are named after aircraft associated with the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation and Government Aircraft Factories on Fishermans Bend and are…

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Fishermans Bend Planning Review

10 August 2018 Today the Andrews government announced the appointment of a Fishermans Bend Development Board to guide the implementation of the Fishermans Bend Framework. The Board will work closely with the Port Phillip Council and surrounding communities. Members of the Board are Meredith Sussex AM (chair), Gary Liddle, Cheryl Batagol, Martin Myer AO, Susan Oliver and Janet Bolitho. June 2018 The Fishermans Bend…

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Fishermans Bend framework released

The Fishermans Bend draft Framework was released on Saturday 21st October by the Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne and local member Martin Foley. A programme of consultation and events associated with the release will be announced soon. Further comment will be provided when the Society has had the opportunity to review the document thoroughly. Submissions are due by 5pm on Friday 15 December.      

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Life on the Bend

Life on the Bend: A Social History of Fishermans Bend has been released by the Fishermans Bend Taskforce. source: Map Collection, University of Melbourne Note the emphasis on A Social History. It is fully acknowledged that there are many histories to tell and many layers to uncover. The concise history is "like a sketch of possibilities that might be explored by others…

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Meeting – Mon 26 June 2017, 7.30pm

Speedway John Peck will take a brief look at the origins of sport, specifically trotting, at Fishermans Bend followed by a comprehensive history of the Speedway from its inauguration in 1918 to its zenith in the early 1930's when three Victorian Harness Racing Hall of Fame members trained their horses at the Speedway, to its ultimate demise due to World War…

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Rootes/ Chrysler site

January 2017 former Rootes Factory At its final meeting for 2016, the Port Phillip Council considered the recommendations of a Panel on Planning Amendment C117 (Fishermans Bend Heritage Controls) that covered this large site. The Panel recommended,  and Council agreed, that "The heritage listing of the Rootes/Chrylser factory complex should be refined to buildings of primary and secondary significance in the block bounded…

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