Henry Whatty’s Port Melbourne

by David Radcliffe Henry Martin Whatty grew up in Port Melbourne during the 1870s and 1880s. He loved boats and boating and the photographs he took reflect his nautical interests.  Boat Harbour, Port Melbourne Lagoon Mouth. Photo: Henry … [Read more...]

Spring Street – North, South, East and West

David Radcliffe For Victorians, Spring St is synonymous with the seat of government. Similarly, Spring St in Port Melbourne runs past our historical seat of local government, the Town Hall. What makes our Spring St unique is that it has four parts … [Read more...]

321 Imagined Settlement by Ray Jelley

321 Imagined Settlement by Ray Jelley softcover, 197 pp $20.00 This fascinating venture into the history of a relatively typical, highly modernised house in Port Melbourne reveals a rich and often contrasting history. The story of its … [Read more...]

Esplanade West

Little did I know that buying our house in Esplanade West, would change the direction of my life. Esplanade West is an intriguing name for a street, and it led to an early interest in how it had come to be so named. I learned about the shaping … [Read more...]

Anti-conscription in Port

Had you been living in Port in October 1916, you would have been very aware of the referendum on conscription that was looming on 28 October. Campaigning was intense. The question to be put to electors was: Are you in favour of the Government … [Read more...]

Walks Around Vintage Port

Set of seven self-guided walks around old Port Melbourne Updated - 2016/17   1 - Beach to Borough: Liardet's Beach and Early Sandridge 2 - Along the Vanishing Lagoon 3 - Steamers & Streamers: The Piers at Port Melbourne 4 - From Pier to … [Read more...]

‘The Lagoon Question’

The 'Lagoon question' preoccupied the residents and Council of Port Melbourne for decades. For those readers not familiar with the extent of the Sandridge Lagoon, it is clearly shown in this map and was described by surveyor Grimes in 1803 ... a … [Read more...]

Smells

A recent article in The Guardian Urban Futures wondered whether cities are losing their smell. That caused me to reflect on how many Port stories are associated with smells. The fetid Sandridge Lagoon gave rise to virtually a whole vocabulary … [Read more...]

Sad record

Last week, Steve Tserkezidis introduced members to the wealth of resources available at the Public Record Office of Victoria. It just so happened that this week, the PRO's record of the week relates to a Port Melbourne story: Women convicted of … [Read more...]

Sepia Heritage Postcards

Set of 7 sepia postcards of sights around Port Melbourne from the 1870s to the 1980s. See what you can still recognise today, and what has now passed into history :-   Sandridge Hotel, Rotunda and Swallow & Ariel, 1980s Gem Paddlesteamer at … [Read more...]

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