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

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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Bertie, Joseph (1073)

Place of Birth: Bendigo, VIC Age: 30 years 5 months Enlistment Details: Thursday, 1 July 1915 - Melbourne, VIC Service Number: 1073            view online service record Address: 162 Station Street Port Melbourne, VIC Next of Kin: E Bertie (mother) 162 Station Street Port Melbourne, VIC Embarkation Details: Date: Wednesday, 10 November 1915 Ship: HMAT Ascanius A11 Port: Melbourne, VIC Unit: 29th Infantry Battalion Fate: RTA: Tuesday, 12 March 1918 Discharged: Friday, 28 June…

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Morgan, Arthur (1776)

Place of Birth: Boort, VIC Age: 21 years 4 months Enlistment Details: Monday, 18 October 1915 - Adelaide, SA Service Number: 1776            view online service record Address: unknown Next of Kin: Barney Morgan (father) 265 Graham Street Port Melbourne, VIC Embarkation Details: Date: Tuesday, 11 January 1916 Ship: HMAT Borda A30 Port: Adelaide, SA Unit: 32nd Infantry Battalion - 2nd Reinforcements Fate: KIA: Thursday, 8 August 1918 Place: France Awards: MM Brothers: Charles Henry…

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Unhappy Ending

Roland Thomas Rose c1925 Roland Thomas Rose, Licensed Grocer of 168 Ross Street, Port Melbourne, the proud owner of his 'company' car. In the mid 1930's, some ten years after this photograph was taken, Roland was tragically killed in a car accident on the corner of Ross and Graham Streets. The small boy standing on the running board is his son, Frank William (Bill), who was…

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Lost Shops of Graham Street

Shirley Videion recalls the shops in Graham Street before the construction of the Graham Street overpass: Graham Street was blessed with milk bars. The two most preferred by our group when walking on a Sunday were McCarthy's next to the double storey house on the corner of Graham Street and Evans Street or McKenzie's on the other side of the Graham Station…

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Trash & Treasure

Trash & Treasure Market sign (c 2007) - Photo by David Thompson I snapped this sign in 2007 on the fence at the former St Josephs Primary School site in 2007 near where Swallow Street diverges from Graham Street near the overpass but for me it has always raised one question.  When, exactly, was the Trash & Treasure Market held? Time for a bit of detective…

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Port Melbourne on location

  Approach to the Graham St overpass, Port Melbourne A glimpse of the Graham St overpass in the current TAC (Transport Accident Commission) road safety campaign triggers a post about Port Melbourne as a location in films. Port Melbourne was the scene of the early 1905 Limelight documentary film showing Swallow and Ariell and employees leaving the building from a very recognisable Rouse St. The late 1980s was a…

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The Graham Street Rockeries

This is the briefest beginning of stories associated with the Graham St overpass. Before the West Gate Bridge was built, access to the other side of the river at Newport was via a ferry at the end of Williamstown Road.  The Graham Street overpass was built in the late 1970s in anticipation of the growing number of cars that would pass…

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Remembering Letty Bellion

Letty Bellion Margaret Bride tells the story of her grandmother Letty Bellion. Her story is a window into Port life through the 1890s depression, the First World War and the difficult post war years that followed. The story tells of a disappeared cluster of shops in Graham St, and the shadow cast on this family and community by the First World War.…

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