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

Crichton (Jubilee) Reserve

by David Radcliffe Crichton Reserve, as it is now known, is named in honour of J P Crichton who served on Port Melbourne Council for 51 years from 1905 and was Mayor five times; in 1909, 1917, 1925, 1930 and 1939. This narrow, trapezoidal slice of land was formed by the convergence of Princes Street and Stokes Street, with Liardet Street creating its…

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Anzac Day in Port Melbourne 2020

Since gatherings are not permitted during the COVID-19 parademic, no Anzac service was held at the Port Melbourne War Memorial. Nevertheless, some did assemble (distanced, of course) in the dawn to hear the Last Post and lay wreaths. Cr Marcus Pearl laid a wreath for the City of Port Phillip, as well as at the Navy memorial (Answering the Call)…

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A Captured German Gun for Port!

An interesting aside has come from a meeting at Port Melbourne's Temperance Hall on Thursday evening, 20 March 1919. Representatives of fourteen local patriotic bodies were meeting to form a committee make arrangements for a Pleasant Sunday Afternoon to raise money to aid the formation of a local branch of the Returned Sailors' and Soldiers' Imperial League of Australia (RSSILA), more…

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A Visit from the Conservators

Victorian Municipal Directories - PMHPS Collection We are lucky to have in the Society’s collection a large number of editions of the annually produced Victorian Municipal Directory. In the days before the world wide web, these directories provided a snapshot of each municipality in the State including a brief description of the city, town or shire, its area and population, details of…

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Greater Port Melbourne – 1939 Centenary Celebrations

Greater Port Melbourne: Official Souvenir of the 1939 Port Melbourne Centenary Celebrations Committee From October 28 to November 25, 1939 the City of Port Melbourne celebrated the landing of the Wilbraham and Caroline Liardet and their children on The Beach on November 15, 1839. The Centenary Committee produced a souvenir booklet entitled Greater Port Melbourne and it gives a glimpse into the…

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Certificates of Appreciation

H J Ainsworth - Certificate from Town of Port Melbourne. PMHPS Collection In May 1916, Port Melbourne Council decided to give each soldier and sailor of Port Melbourne a certificate commemorating the citizens' commendation of his patriotism and requested 'relatives or friends to send to the Town Hall the name, corps, and home residence of every soldier who enlisted from this…

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