by Claire Johnson
In May 1918, reports of a mysterious and deadly disease ravaging Europe began to reach Australia, causing concern amongst those who had family members involved in the war in Europe. By July, England was affected, and Australian newspapers and letters from soldiers kept the Australian public informed.
Dubbed the ‘Spanish Flu’, it was a variant of swine…
Calling card of Mrs Elizabeth Ann Collins, OBE of 74 Nott St, Port Melbourne. PMHPS Collection.
A jewell amongst the scraps of paper found when the Nott Street School "Old Boys" Memorial was moved from the school to the Port Melbourne Town Hall was a visiting card belonging to Mrs E A Collins, OBE.
Mrs Elizabeth Ann Collins was appointed as an Officer…
Amongst the many papers found in the recess of the Nott Street School "Old Boys" Memorial is one very poignant note.
While all the papers bar one bear the name or names of Nott Street "Old Boys" who enlisted and some include a date of birth, the unit they served in or their residence in Port. Many note that the soldier…
Nott Street School Roll of Honour. PMHPS Collection.
For the best part of 75 years the Nott Street WWI Roll of Honour rested securely in a recess in the “Old Boys” memorial at the school. When the school closed in 1993 the memorial was moved to the foyer of the Port Melbourne Town Hall in Bay Street and the roll, along…
1919 Anzac Day Appeal Sticker. PMHPS Collection
This sticker from the 1919 Anzac Remembrance Day Appeal in aid of the Memorial Building for Returned Sailors and Soldiers has survived for 100 years because it was used to secure the separate pages of the Nott Street School 'foolscap list' of "Old Boys" who enlisted for the First World War.
Order of Service, Nott Street State School. PMHPS Collection
This order of service, presumably from an Anzac Day commemoration, was found within a recess of the Nott Street School Old Boys Honour Board along with many other pieces of paper bearing the names of soldiers to be included on the school's Honour Roll.
It gives an insight into how the school commemorated…
Amongst the items discovered in the recess within the Nott Street School “Old Boys” Memorial were two lists of names on loose leaf paper.
The first we dubbed the ‘pin list’ because the pages were held together by a small pin. The second list we have called the ‘foolscap list’ since it was written on foolscap sized paper. Specifically the list…
Just because the war had ended didn't mean that the work of the local patriotic organisations was finished.
In all probability, preparations for the Combined Schools Sports and Demonstration advertised in the Port Melbourne Standard newspaper on 30 November 1918 would have been well advanced before the Armistice was signed but even so there was good reason to hold the event…
Some three thousand people gathered along the roads leading from the New Railway Pier (Princes Pier) on the morning of Saturday 23 November 1918 to welcome the first contingent of returned soldiers.1
Barriers along the route restricted the roadway to 12 feet to allow the cars carrying the soldiers to proceed to the city.
At the foot of the pier, two strong…
At 11.30am on Wednesday (13 Nov 1918] one thousand students of Nott Street State School paraded in the school grounds where they saluted the flag, sang the National Anthem and patriotic airs.
The students were addressed by the headmaster, Mr Richards, Cr J P Crichton, chairman of the school committee, and Mr J L Murphy MLA.
Mr Richards gave an apology from…