Ben Piper will talk on the topic of ‘Brushes with Fate, and with Port Melbourne’, the story of how Ben came to live in Port Melbourne, told through a lens of world, Australian and Port Melbourne history, with occasional lashings of nostalgia.
This talk was presented to the Port Melbourne Historical and Presentation Society on 23 March 2021. Ben's talk…
Pedestrian access to Ellinis Mews from Beacon Road, Photograph by David Thompson
Ellinis Mews is a short residential street in Beacon Cove but I'm not sure where the connection with stables is other than in the developers' minds. To me it is a Court or what we would have called in Ireland a Close or, if we wanted to be…
Postcard showing the Johan van Oldenbarnevelt
Station Pier and the ship Johan van Oldenbarnevelt have something in common. Both were completed in 1930 and both often met during and after the Second World War.
During the war, the JvO was used as a troop ship and ferried many Australian and American soldiers from their shores to and from England. It survived the…
Rita Price was born in Melbourne of Italian parents who had the kiosk at the end of Princes Pier. She told their story at the St Kilda Library as part of the 2015 Piers Festival.
Mrs Antonietta Cilia (Where Pier St, Port Melbourne is today): image courtesy of Rita Price
"My father worked initially at the Dunlop Tyre factory which used to be in…
Journey no 2
Here is an account of some research recently completed by member Jack Bolt.
Jack says in summary:
'Read a book, find an item interesting, go to the book's references and web, do more personal research closer to home, find some more information/data, and inadvertently meet a PMHPS member who is part of the story. It only took about a week. …