The Freedom of Entry to the City of Port Melbourne Navy Parade in Bay Street, 1982. Courtesy of Perc White.
The custom of granting armed forces Freedom of Entry to the City dates from medieval Europe where walled cities could make the movement of armed forces difficult. If the passing troops were deemed untrustworthy, then the city may refuse to provide…
For many years Lieutenant Commander Mackenzie Gregory RAN (RTD) had a vision of a statue on the Port Melbourne foreshore to honour the service of all Naval men and women. On 27 November 2015 that vision came to fruition in the form of a sculpture called Answering the Call by Louis Laumen. Unveiled by Vice Admiral Tim Barrett AO CSC…
Our special guest will be naval historian, Colin Jones, speaking on the Victorian Colonial Navy.
PMH&PS meet on the fourth Monday of each month except December in the Council Chamber, Upstairs at Port Melbourne Town Hall, 333 Bay St, Port Melbourne.
President Theodore Roosevelt commissioned 16 new battleships between 1904 and 1907. He sent them on a 15 month goodwill visit around the world. Prime Minister Deakin invited them to visit Australia. The young Australia was feeling exposed following the defeat of the Russian Navy by Japan in 1905. The British Navy had withdrawn its warships from the Pacific. The visit…