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

Anzac Day in Port Melbourne 2022

On a mild, still morning, crowds gathered in Beach Street to find the scene set - the white crosses neatly laid row upon row and Beach Street closed to traffic. MC Dale Allchin acknowledged the passing of Bunna Walsh in March and the role that he and fellow citizens, including Perce White, had played in keeping the Anzac commemoration…

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Anzac Day in Port Melbourne 2021

The sun was shining as people gathered in Beach Street. The crosses had been laid out, as if by magic, but actually by Ken Jackson, son of the late veteran Geoff Jackson. Beach St shoreward of the memorial was fenced off to enable registration via QR Code. No traffic - neither truck, car nor bicycle - was permitted to pass…

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Anzac Day in Port Melbourne 2019

With MC Dale Allchin's firm hand on proceedings, the event started promptly at 9.45 am. He reminded the ever growing crowd that Anzac Day is not a celebration, it's a commemoration. Even though the crowd filled the width of Beach St and the length from Bay St to Nott St, a podium and a new sound system meant that all…

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Anzac Day in Port Melbourne 2018

On this warm Anzac morning, the crowd swelled and swelled, almost filling the Beach St roadway between Bay and Nott Street. A bearded Perce White attended the Anzac Service to acknowledge and thank all those who had supported the commemoration over many years. Perce White took on the role of MC of the service when the RSL handed in its commission and…

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Passages Exhibition 23 Aug – 11 Sept

The Passages exhibition is on display in the downstairs gallery at the Port Melbourne Town Hall until 11 September, 2017. Presented by the Society with support from the City of Port Phillip through the Cultural Development Fund the exhibition looks at Port Melbourne in the 1970s, a decade of great change for the Borough. A decade when Port Melbourne Council faced its…

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A Visit from the Conservators

Victorian Municipal Directories - PMHPS Collection We are lucky to have in the Society’s collection a large number of editions of the annually produced Victorian Municipal Directory. In the days before the world wide web, these directories provided a snapshot of each municipality in the State including a brief description of the city, town or shire, its area and population, details of…

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Meeting – Mon 27 February 2017, 7.30pm

Cr Perce White, Mayor of Port Melbourne 1982 Perce White, Society foundation member and long term Port Melbourne Councillor will be guest speaker at our February meeting. Perce served on Council from 1972 until amalgamation in 1994 with six terms as Mayor. He will talk about growing up in Port and about a variety of events which happened during his time on…

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The Freedom of Entry to the City of Port Melbourne Navy Parade in Bay Street, 1982. Courtesy of Perc White.

Freedom of Entry to the City

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…

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Anzac Day in Port Melbourne 2015

A wet Anzac Day in 2015 Anzac Day 2015 On Saturday 25 April, people gathered at the World War 1 Memorial Fountain in Port Melbourne to commemorate Anzac Day. The tradition has been upheld in Port for many, many years though the form it has taken has changed over time. The scene below is at once familiar and unfamiliar to current Port eyes. Anzac Day…

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Anzac Day in Port Melbourne 2014

'We will honour them by being silent' 1 Perce White was the MC for the 2014 commemoration of the Anzac landing at Gallipoli. Perce White MCs proceedings at Anzac Day 2014 It was one of those perfect Port Melbourne mornings that make people love living in Port more than ever. About 500 people gathered for the Anzac Day commemoration.  The Piers provided…

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