‘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...]

Foundation stories

PMHPS finds it endlessly fascinating that it is still possible to 'read' the shaping stories of Port Melbourne in its street layout - the influence of the Lagoon and the Railway in particular. This is well explained in this report: 'Perhaps the … [Read more...]

Watery names: A cluster of Floodgate, Pool and Spring

It is shaping up to be our wettest June in many years. It prompted a look at the place names that reveal Port Melbourne's watery foundation.  A particularly flood prone spot was, and remains, the area around Ingles and Crockford St.  In December … [Read more...]

Edwards Park

The layout of Edwards Park has adapted to a range of activities over time. The radial paths meeting in the centre create a setting that lends itself well to Port's current preoccupation with exercise, health and fitness. A playground for children has … [Read more...]

Lagoon Tales

There are endless stories to tell about the former Sandridge Lagoon and environs. But you've got to begin somewhere. I am infatuated with this account by Josephine Liardet, daughter of Wilbraham Liardet, who recalled that in the early days*  “The … [Read more...]

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