Port in the twenties – a difficult, suffering place

Alan Whittaker Commemoration 2013 Former Supreme Court Judge Frank Vincent  spoke about Whittaker in the Port Melbourne and wider social and political context of the late 1920s. Here is a transcript of his speech: "Port Melbourne in the twenties … [Read more...]

A Melbourne Cup Special

Melbourne Cup Day prompts this recollection from member Helen Barry: “Mum was a milliner. She was busiest at racing time. I always went to the Melbourne Cup with her. We used to walk past the members’ enclosure trying to spot the hats she had … [Read more...]

A bit early?

Walking through Olive's Corner earlier this week, saw a person reading the PMH&PS book 'Chartered Scoundrels: A Brief History of Port Melbourne Hotels'. Couldn't let this go unremarked and stopped for a chat. Robert Gooding enjoys visiting … [Read more...]

Remembering Letty

Margaret Bride tells the story of her grandmother Letty Bellion. Her story is a window into Port life through the 1890s depression, the First World War and the difficult post war years that followed. The story tells of a disappeared cluster of … [Read more...]

Women in Port

With this week's debate about the inclusion of only one woman in the cabinet post the September 2013 federal election, PMHPS blog will next week begin an occasional series on women in Port Melbourne. The patron of the Port Melbourne Historical and … [Read more...]

Darke and Sandridge

William Darke gave the name Sandridge to the area now known as Port Melbourne. He was one of three surveyors sent by Governor Bourke in 1836 to survey the shore of Port Phillip Bay and plot the course of the Yarra River. The name described the 'mile … [Read more...]

The History of Melbourne Ports

Electorate of Melbourne Ports Existing since Federation, Melbourne Ports has been held by the Labor Party since 1906 and has had only five members in 107 years since. Former Labor members are  Jim Matthews 1906 - 1931 E J Holloway 1931 - … [Read more...]

Random post about dogs

There is something in the Society's collection for every interest. A leather bound alphabetical index book lists all dogs registered in Port Melbourne in 1892 by owner surname. Even in 1892 there were dogs large and small - from Newfoundlands to … [Read more...]

Maskell and McNab

What is a monument to railwaymen doing on the foreshore so far away from trains? The monument commemorates engine driver Frederick William Maskell and fireman James McNab who, along with three passengers, were killed in a rail accident at Windsor … [Read more...]

Water according to Walter: A Penny a Day

Picking up on last week's watery theme, this post turns to Councillor Walter's connection with metropolitan water supply. This week, price increases for water were approved by the Essential Services Commission. The increases were largely attributed … [Read more...]

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