by David Thompson
Letter, The Record, 14 November 1931
A letter to the editor from someone identifying themselves as RRR appeared in The Record on 14 November 1931 bemoaning the lost opportunities of not staging a Back-to-Port Melbourne event to coincide with the visit of the ocean liner, “Strathnavar”, to Station Pier and the visiting warships berthed at Princes Pier.
The letter opened, “Port Melbourne…
About 250 returned soldiers and sailors with about the same number of relatives attended the civic reception provided by the Mayor, Cr Richard Gill and councillors at Port Melbourne Town Hall on the afternoon of 5 Dec 1918.
The reception and the ‘smoke concert’ to be held later that evening were the work of the Anzac Reception Committee that had been…
Some three thousand people gathered along the roads leading from the New Railway Pier (Princes Pier) on the morning of Saturday 23 November 1918 to welcome the first contingent of returned soldiers.1
Barriers along the route restricted the roadway to 12 feet to allow the cars carrying the soldiers to proceed to the city.
At the foot of the pier, two strong…
On Saturday 12 January 1918, during the South and Port Melbourne Thistle Society monthly concert at the South Melbourne Town Hall, the President of the society, Cr Tom Smith, made an important announcement. The society intended to enrol lady players in the pipe band. The committee had agreed to fill up the ranks in the band which had been…