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…
From the Collection
Holy Trinity Guild Cookery Book
In January 1909 a fierce storm blew down the 59 year old Holy Trinity iron church. The church Ladies Working Guild went into action to help with the fund raising for a new church. They published a cookery book with well-tested recipes collected by Mrs H. H. Hayman, which they sold…
Place of Birth: Sale, VIC
Age: 29 years
Enlistment Details: Tuesday, 1 December 1914 - Unknown
Service Number: Lieutenant view online service record
50 Foote Street
Albert Park, VIC
Next of Kin:
Mrs B Biggsley (mother)
50 Foote Street
Albert Park, VIC
Date: Tuesday, 22 December 1914
Ship: HMAT Themistocles A32
Port: Melbourne, VIC
Unit: 6th Infantry Battalion - 1st Reinforcements
KIA: Monday, 19 July 1915