In the welcome shade cast by the now formally named Allan Whittaker gatehouse, people gathered for the annual commemoration of his life on Princes Pier.
Kevin Bracken photo Simon Kosmer
No one can tell the story of Allan Whittaker and 1928 as Kevin Bracken can. He speaks with the authority of a former Victorian secretary of the Maritime Union of Australia…
On an overcast but very hot day, people gathered at Princes Pier to remember Allan Whittaker.
This year marked the culmination of a community campaign to recognise Whittaker, his life and tragic death. It was a time to hand on the story to the students of Albert Park College
Former Supreme Court judge, Frank Vincent addressed his remarks to the…
Allan Whittaker Commemoration 2017
Former Supreme Court judge Frank Vincent offered these reflections at the Allan Whittaker commemoration held on Princes Pier on Thursday 2 November. The gatehouse on Princes Pier has now been named the Allan Whittaker Gatehouse after sustained advocacy by the Whittaker Memorial Committee.
Port Melbourne at that time was a very poor working class suburb. It was made…
Legacy of 1928
On a (rare) sunny evening, former Supreme Court judge Frank Vincent offered these reflections on the legacy of 1928 at the Allan Whittaker commemoration held on Princes Pier on Friday 28 October. He spoke without notes.
"The question I was going to pose is 'What is the thread that joins Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, Pauline Hanson and Boris Johnson?'
Former Supreme Court Judge Frank Vincent
Reflections on 'entitlement'
Here is a transcript of Frank Vincent's address to those gathered to remember the life and times of Allan Whittaker, shot by police at Hogans Flat, close to Princes Pier on 2 November 1928. He died on Australia Day 1929.
'There is a tendency to talk about Allan Whittaker and the period that he…
Port in the twenties - a difficult, suffering place
Former Supreme Court Judge Frank Vincent spoke about Whittaker in the Port Melbourne and wider social and political context of the late 1920s. Here is a transcript of his speech:
"Port Melbourne in the twenties was a place of considerable poverty. It was a place where men were engaged in what…