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

Christmas Cards

As the ubiquitous adoption of electronic mail and text messages on smart devices has become the norm for our daily communications the practice of exchanging Christmas cards has declined enormously. It doesn't seem that long ago that mantlepieces, sideboards, desks and even office windows were crowded with festive cards. People sent cards to their friends and family, businesses to their important…

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James Graham: was Graham Street, Port Melbourne named after this man?

by Margaret Bride Detail, Plan of allotments marked at Sandridge in the parish of South Melbourne / surveyed by Lindsay Clarke Assit. Surr., 1849. State Library of Victoria. In 1849 the government surveyor published a Street Plan of Sandridge showing a simple grid of streets with six blocks bounded by the newly named streets of Rouse, Graham, Stokes, Nott and Dow, names that have remained…

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I’m Glad I Was There

On Tuesday 28 July 2020, unable to meet in person due to the COVID-19 restrictions in place in Victoria at the time, the Port Melbourne Historical and Preservation Society held its first ever online meeting via Zoom. The topic, 'I Wish I Had Been There', was conceived by Margaret Bride and resulted in eight PMHPS members each describing an…

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The Freame Families of Port Melbourne

by Ray Jelley ‘there was a sheep dressed up to represent Carbine II with his jockey; Bunny Hare all ready to run for the Port Melbourne Cup; saddles of mutton in fanciful designs; poultry and geese formed from the shoulders of mutton; pigeons, made of suet, flying about the windows …’ proclaimed the Standard on 18 May 1895 when describing the display in…

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Meeting Monday 23 September @ 7.30pm

Port Melbourne Sports Clubs Port Melbourne has had and still has a proud history of hosting many different sporting clubs. On Monday 23rd September, we will hear about the history and the members’ commitment behind three of these clubs - the cricket, tennis and bowling clubs. Come along and hear Ron Stranks speak about  the “1950 Graham Street Boys, The Great…

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Tom Piper

Howard  Gostelow recalls his time working at Tom Piper in Williamstown Road "I had been a screen printer in Melbourne for five years when a sales rep. friend of mine was informed that Tom Piper was looking at doing in-house printing rather than sending it out. I made an appointment, called in and was shown what they wanted to do and asked if it was…

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Well Represented at the Front

'Well Represented at Front.', Port Melbourne Standard 15 May 1915 Our First World War Centenary project has uncovered many incredible stories of Port men volunteering for active service such as this one from The Standard newspaper on 15 May 1915. The first part of the article talks about four cousins, all born in Port Melbourne, who were serving at the Front. William…

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Redevelopment sites in Port Melbourne

Sandridge Motors, near the Graham Street overpass, is for sale by Exrpession 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 the overpass is also for sale. It too is on land zoned General Residential "offering excellent future development…

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An Almost Forgotten Man

Margaret Bride writes: This is a story told to me by my Grandmother and also by my Mother. The period is some time in the ten years before the First World War, perhaps about 1910.  Johnny was a young man with a moderate intellectual disability who lived with his mother in Port Melbourne, I think in Graham Street. Johnny was paid…

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