Meeting – Mon 28 Jul 2014, 7.30pm

Dr Robyn Clinch will be guest speaker at our July meeting.  Her topic, "The places we keep -- are we there yet?". PMHPS meet on the fourth Monday of each month except Decemberin the Council ChamberUpstairs at Port Melbourne Town HallBay Street … [Read more...]

Finding

The difference between joy and frustration in local history research is being able to find things. This was a theme of Monday's meeting. Further integrating the Society's computer records, catalogue database and paper files will make it easier for … [Read more...]

Cottage on the corner

PMHPS has observed a notice of application for a planning permit for this house on the corner of Nott and Farrell Sts, Port Melbourne. This is where William Morley lived. He was the the first chairman of Sandridge when it became a municipality … [Read more...]

One of a kind – Port Melbourne Railway Station

This week a Planning Panel has been meeting in Port Melbourne to hear submissions on the planning future of 1 to 7 Waterfront Place. The relationship between the proposed development of that site and the Port Melbourne Railway Station is one of … [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...]

Gateway to Melbourne

The Town Planning Commission report of 1929 was very critical of the entrance to Melbourne from Port Melbourne. It reported that 'this approach to Melbourne is a drab and shabby one'. The honorary secretary of the Commission, Frank Heath, said … [Read more...]

Foundation stories

PMHPS finds it endlessly fascinating that it is still possible to 'read' the shaping stories of Port Melbourne in its street layout - the influence of the Lagoon and the Railway in particular. This is well explained in this report: 'Perhaps the … [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...]

Edwards Park

The layout of Edwards Park has adapted to a range of activities over time. The radial paths meeting in the centre create a setting that lends itself well to Port's current preoccupation with exercise, health and fitness. A playground for children has … [Read more...]

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