An afternoon in the Park

My mother Molly Lowrie, aged about 8, with her younger sisters Nancy, Betty, Patsy and Lorna taken in the Crichton Reserve, opposite their home at Princes Street Port Melbourne, in 1929. While the two-storey Nott Street School building in the … [Read more...]

Three Photos of Port Link Five Generations of my Family

Whilst converting a terrace house in Bay Street to a photography studio in the 1970s, one of my memories of Port was the delicious smell of baking biscuits from the Swallows factory, not one you’d associate with an industrial area. Lydia, my paternal … [Read more...]

Mr Webster’s Brother

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. … [Read more...]

My Shed and its Five Pals

My rectangular house block meets up with five others at the back left hand corner, one rectangular and four triangles. So our six sheds were a shared building with a shared internal wall when I moved into Port Melbourne in 1994. Unique? I … [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...]

The Last Milk Horse

I moved to Farrell Street in Port in 1986. Coming from the suburbs I was amazed to hear the milkman’s horse clopping past each morning. One morning in November 1988 I thought that I must take a picture of something that seemed unique to Port at … [Read more...]

Post War Port Melbourne

This photo was taken in 1947. These children lived in the neighbourhood of Albert Street. Jim Power is on the far right of the front row. The photo was taken by Jack Gould in front of his house in Poolman Street. Jack was well known in Port … [Read more...]

Port Melbourne War Memorial

This is the snap that I took of the war memorial on that wet and grey ANZAC centenary in 2015. (Not a great photo but I liked having the people in it to show how bleak a day it was!) Our PMHPS red and blue flowers can be seen. My Dad served in the … [Read more...]

Who Needs a Chair?

My cousin John Beaumont, sitting on the footpath in front of his home at 43 Bridge Street Port Melbourne around 1943. John’s father Freddie, after returning from war service in North Africa, was sent to Singapore, escaping from there when the city … [Read more...]

Garden City Reserve

This is a photo of Garden City Reserve taken early Autumn 2016 at about 7 am. I always make a cup of tea in the morning and go out the front in my dressing gown and look eastwards towards the park. There is always a difference in the horizon. It … [Read more...]

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