GMH Social Centre

Former GMH Social Centre. Photograph by David Thompson. The former General Motors-Holden Social Centre is tucked away off Salmon Street. Constructed in 1945 by Richmond builder, E A Watts Ltd, the building hosted concerts, balls and all manner … [Read more...]

Watch This Space!

Sandridge Motors, near the Graham Street overpass, is for sale by Expession of Interest. According to the board, the land is zoned General Residential with a maximum height limit of 18 metres (6 storeys). The Clare Castle Hotel on the other side of … [Read more...]

Beach St Queuing Lane

The second stage of public consultation regarding the separated queuing lane in Beach Street for cruise ship/Spirit of Tasmania passengers and trucks is now open.  Visit for more information and to have … [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...]

Meeting – Mon 27 Jan 2014, 7.30pm

Steve Tserkezidis will present some stunning material from the PROV archives on housing developments in and around Port Melbourne. Steve has spent some years in the archives researching not only the 'Bank Houses' of Garden City, but also of … [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 the … [Read more...]

Fishermans Bend – the past and the future

PMHPS's head is spinning with thinking about its submission to the Fishermans Bend Urban Renewal Area Draft Vision, so this week's post is about .... Fishermans Bend! PMHPS will argue that an understanding of the environmental/natural history of … [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...]

Metropolitan Planning 1929

Last week, Premier Napthine and Planning Minister Guy released Plan Melbourne which sets out the government's vision for Melbourne to 2050. In the Society's collection is a copy of the first plan for Melbourne prepared by the newly formed … [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...]

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