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Town Hall, 333 Bay Street, Port Melbourne
Town Hall, 333 Bay Street, Port Melbourne

The Flu Epidemic of 1919

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…

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Mrs E A Collins, OBE

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…

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A Poignant Note

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…

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Nott Street School WWI Anzac Service

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…

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School Sports & Physical Training Display – 7 December 1918

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…

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Welcoming the Returned Soldiers

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…

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