John Turnbull and the Auld Reekie Hotel

by Ray Jelley As we have seen from previous articles about the history of Port Melbourne the many wooden cottages and their closeness to each other made them susceptible to fire spreading from one building to those adjoining it, should a fire … [Read more...]

Well Represented at the Front

Our First World War Centenary project has uncovered many incredible stories of Port men volunteering for active service such as this one from The Standard newspaper on 15 May 1915. The first part of the article talks about four cousins, all born … [Read more...]

Ibis

Geoff Deed, who grew up at 41 Nott Street, offers this story from his boyhood in the fifties: 'There was a family called Fletcher that lived in Rouse St - just the mother and the son. His name was Jeffrey - with a 'J'. There was no father. (Maybe … [Read more...]

Representing Port Melbourne

With the 2014 state election imminent, this post looks briefly at two very different people who have represented Port Melbourne: Frederick Derham arrived in Melbourne in 1856. Following the death of his first wife, Ada, he married Francis Dodd … [Read more...]

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