Author Janice Christine MacDonald neé Morton was an active PMH&PS member in our foundation decades, Jan authored Thomas Edwards & Family – Farriers and Yachtsmen of Sandridge/Port Melbourne, and Monkey for a Yacht, the story of her grandfather, noted yachtsman Dick Edwards.
For some time in the 1940s and 50s, the family lived in ‘Irvine’ at 42 Beach Street next to the Pier Hotel. Jan wrote these evocative…
by David F Radcliffe
James Garton was granted the licence for the Pier Hotel in May 1853. Over the next decade or so, there wasn’t much that happened in Sandridge that did not involve him. Born in Bath, Somerset, he arrived in Melbourne aged 24 with his brother Richard in March 1850. A brewer by trade, Garton is reported to have started out…
Bay Street at Beach Street (2021). Photo: David Thompson, PMHPS Collection.
For more than 150 years Morley’s Coal Depot has stood on the south-east corner of Bay and Beach Streets. William Morley was a prominent local merchant in Port Melbourne in the years of the gold boom. In 1860 he was elected as the first chairman of the Sandridge Council. The…
LIardet? or Lee-ar-day? There may be some uncertainty over the pronunciation but anyone living in Port Melbourne would know this street running between Pickles St to the east and Princes St to the west. Liardet St has two quite different characters: heavily trafficked east of Bay St and quietly residential west of Bay St.
Liardet St is named…
From the Collection - Ron Laing’s Pub Photos (catalogue no 1287)
Ron Laing was born in Scotland in 1920. During the war he was a flying instructor and in 1950 he migrated to Australia where he worked as a forklift driver and a machinist for the Melbourne Harbor Trust. After containers were introduced he worked unloading containers for an importer/exporter company.
Place of Birth: Petrograd, Russia
Age: 21 years 10 months
Enlistment Details: Tuesday, 5 December 1916 - Melbourne, VIC
Service Number: 518 view online service record
cnr Beach and Bay Streets
Port Melbourne, VIC
Next of Kin:
Joseph Skalberg (father)
14 Marins Street
Date: Monday, 19 February 1917
Ship: HMAT Ballarat A70
Port: Melbourne, VIC
Unit: 10th Machine Gun Company - 7th Reinforcements
On 1 July 1851, the Port Phillip district formally separated from New South Wales to become the colony of Victoria. From the 1840s onwards there was growing discontent in the Port Phillip district. People complained of being in 'the thrall' of New South Wales and that insufficient resources were directed towards the urgent and growing needs of Melbourne and the Port…