Port Melbourne Uniting Church in Bridge St, 9 February 2023 image Janet Bolitho
The Rev. John Tansey conducted the final service of he Port Melbourne Uniting Church congregation at 5 pm on Sunday, November 2022. Anne Garrow, a member of the congregation since 1984, gave this overview of the Church's history
Before this church was built, this land was…
by Lex Johnson
Brass plaque for Rev F Platts on the pulpit from Holy Trinity Church, Port Melbourne (now located at Port Melbourne Town Hall).
In 1861 the Reverend F C Platts was appointed to Holy Trinity Church in Sandridge.
The congregation was to have some interesting years!
Frederick Charles Platts was born in India in 1823 where his father was…
by David Thompson
Dulcie Smith, Queen of the Sunday School and her Court, Holy Trinity Carnival, November 1931. PMHPS Collection.
For many years this photograph remained an uncatalogued item in the Society's archives but thanks to a plea for information on Facebook in May 2022 we now know that it is Dulcie Smith, Queen of the Sunday School and her court…
Frederick Thomas Derham was born in Somerset, England, in 1844 and arrived in Melbourne with his family in 1856. Derham's first business undertaking was as a mercantile broker with Callender Calwell & Co. In 1864, he married Ada Anderson with whom he had three sons and a daughter. Ada died in 1874.
Derham had met Thomas Swallow, founder of Swallow…
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…
The brief article above appeared in the Standard newspaper on 16 November 1918 and unfortunately there does not appear to be any reports in subsequent editions of the Standard to record the order of service for any of the local churches. There is an article in that same edition of the Standard that gives a hint of what was planned…
Holy Trinity Anglican Church WWI Honour Board.
The First World War Honour Board from the Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Bay Street, Port Melbourne does not bear any identification other than the title "For King and Country 1914 - 1918". When the main church building was sold and converted into apartments* between 1997 and 1999 the board is on display in…
On a chilly August night in 1917, three years into the Great War, a Mr Wray arrived in Port from the Melbourne headquarters of the League of Soldiers’ Friends to speak to a group of interested citizens gathered at the Holy Trinity Parish Hall. He had come to enlighten them on the work of the League, which existed to assist…
Whilst converting a terrace house in Bay Street to a photography studio in the 1970s, one of my memories of Port was the delicious smell of baking biscuits from the Swallows factory, not one you’d associate with an industrial area. Lydia, my paternal grandmother, had worked there back in the early 1900s.
Swallow & Ariell Sign (detail).
I took this photo for…
The Society started the year with this new website. This year we also ventured into facebook reaching 100 ‘likes’ in November. These social media have opened up new ways for people with a Port connection to get in touch and share stories.
We have learned about the micro-world that was the Fisherman’s Bend Migrant Hostel. This small photograph of a shop in Station St has brought out…