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

James Graham: was Graham Street, Port Melbourne named after this man?

by Margaret Bride Detail, Plan of allotments marked at Sandridge in the parish of South Melbourne / surveyed by Lindsay Clarke Assit. Surr., 1849. State Library of Victoria. In 1849 the government surveyor published a Street Plan of Sandridge showing a simple grid of streets with six blocks bounded by the newly named streets of Rouse, Graham, Stokes, Nott and Dow, names that have remained…

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I’m Glad I Was There

On Tuesday 28 July 2020, unable to meet in person due to the COVID-19 restrictions in place in Victoria at the time, the Port Melbourne Historical and Preservation Society held its first ever online meeting via Zoom. The topic, 'I Wish I Had Been There', was conceived by Margaret Bride and resulted in eight PMHPS members each describing an…

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Family secrets

Margaret Bride writes: Are there any secrets in your family? Do you even know whether or not there are any? We are all aware that many families have their mythologies, based sometimes on fact, but myths never the less. Families pass on their stories from one generation to the next. Many of us were brought up from a young age…

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Wool washing on the Yarra. Photograph by Charles Nettleton, courtesy State Library of Victoria.

Meeting – Mon 24 July 2017, 7.30pm

Society member Margaret Bride will speak at our July meeting on the topic of "Melbourne and its Suburbs". Between 1851 and 1891 Melbourne experienced an amazing growth in population and wealth.”Melbourne and its Suburbs” will explore five factors that shaped this development: geography, land occupation, land sales, transport and municipal government. The period ends in 1891 when the depression of the…

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Mr Webster’s Brother

Mr Webster's Brother Margaret Bride writes Our house in Evans Street was built by John Webster in 1886. He and his wife Mary lived there until his death in 1916. John Webster was a carpenter, working on the docks and at sea. This is a photo of his younger brother whose name we do not know. He was a friend of Emily Lock’s…

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Chart of Hobson's Bay by H L Cox (1864)

Meeting – Mon 22 May 2017, 7.30pm

Chart of Hobson's Bay by H L Cox (1864) The landscape of Port Melbourne has been hugely changed by human intervention since white settlement. The shape and course of the Yarra River has been changed, the swampy terrain is now covered with roads and other hard surfaces, and there is a new land mass at the mouth of the river. Janet Bolitho's presentation, Mapping…

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An Almost Forgotten Man

Margaret Bride writes: This is a story told to me by my Grandmother and also by my Mother. The period is some time in the ten years before the First World War, perhaps about 1910.  Johnny was a young man with a moderate intellectual disability who lived with his mother in Port Melbourne, I think in Graham Street. Johnny was paid…

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An Invisible Woman

Brought to light - the story of Janet Adams Margaret Bride writes: International Women’s Day is an opportunity to reflect on the many women who have influenced my life yet of whom there is little or no documentary evidence. Janet Adams is one of these women, though I never met her. In the early years of the 20th century Janet, a…

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Why World War I?

Why Did Australia Get Involved? Our soldiers .. defending democratic rights and freedoms (The Age letters 27.4.2015) It is comforting to believe that the war that cost so many lives through death, through irreparable injury and through the loss of loved ones, was fought in a noble cause. It is devastating, even to us 100 years later, to face the possibility that…

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