The Leading Lights

'I think that there’s a whole lot of symbolism—iconography even—about what a lighthouse means and we use that as a metaphor in all sorts of language: beacon, lighthouse, navigation aid and so forth.' Peter Marquis-Kyle, Heritage Architect The Port … [Read more...]

1990 Colour Heritage Postcards

Set of heritage colour postcards of sights around Port Melbourne from the 1990s. See what you can still recognise today, and what has now passed into history :- Old Starch Factory from Lagoon Pier Gull's Eye View of Bay Street Front Channel … [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...]

Three . . . of Port

Sometimes you just can't find the right word. Take icon, for example. Many Port Melbourne people have had enough of the word 'icon'. 'Iconic' as new developments are often described, is almost guaranteed to get people's backs up. But back to … [Read more...]

Beacon views

Do you remember that in a previous post I mentioned that the off shore beacon used to have a timber walkway connecting it to the shore? These two great images from the City of Port Phillip's collection show this perfectly. From the left looking … [Read more...]

Coat of paint

The off shore beacon is being painted. The beacons are a much loved and defining feature of Port Melbourne. Wide Beacon Vista with its generous front setbacks reflects the historic need to maintain a line of sight and clearance between the … [Read more...]

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