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...]

Now and Then 2021 – Lagoon Reserve

Lagoon Reserve is a popular place for dogs and their owners to meet up especially in the late afternoon. The reserve is lined on its eastern side by the Park Apartments and across Graham Street by the Portside Apartments. Both art deco inspired … [Read more...]

Beachside Stories

A flamboyant mayor with a passion for lycra. A trail-blazing Uniting Church minister with a passion for justice. A South Melbourne Market vendor with a passion for singing. No doubt you are familiar with these celebrated locals whose energy, … [Read more...]

The Year 1968

The Year 1968 Location "Hook Pier" This is a series of photos of me at the beach with my father. Innocent, quiet times in an unspoilt era. Clearly visible in the background are the chimney stacks of the Gasworks, the Life Saving Club building and … [Read more...]

Ghostly stories of Port

A business near Holy Trinity church inquired whether there were ghosts in the area. The PMHPS has no records of paranormal activity in that vicinity, but there have been tales of ghosts in Port Melbourne. Take the curious case of the Graham … [Read more...]

Keeping Warm in Port

It is one of Port’s often told stories - how people ‘knocked off’ coal from the trucks taking coal to the Gasworks from Town Pier at the end of Bay Street. Emily Lock remembered ‘The different cargoes were a source of wonder. Some of them brought … [Read more...]

View from Station Pier

So much of interest in this photo from 1959. This is an invitation to readers to list all the disappeared places in the picture and respond with your memories of this time. … [Read more...]

Lagoon Tales

There are endless stories to tell about the former Sandridge Lagoon and environs. But you've got to begin somewhere. I am infatuated with this account by Josephine Liardet, daughter of Wilbraham Liardet, who recalled that in the early days*  “The … [Read more...]

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