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 of GMH employee functions but, primarily, was their canteen. Typical fare in the mid-1990s included French Onion soup (70c), Beef Stroganoff ($3.50) and…
Aerial view of Catani Gardens, St Kilda. Photograph by David Brand.
The guest speaker at our February meeting will be Cr David Brand who will take us on a slide tour through the Mediterranean sources of Carlo Catani’s landscapes, and chat about their significance to Melburians.
Carlo Catani, Italian born Victorian Government engineer and landscape designer, did more than almost anyone else to…
former Rootes Factory
At its final meeting for 2016, the Port Phillip Council considered the recommendations of a Panel on Planning Amendment C117 (Fishermans Bend Heritage Controls) that covered this large site. The Panel recommended, and Council agreed, that
"The heritage listing of the Rootes/Chrylser factory complex should be refined to buildings of primary and secondary significance in the block bounded…
Sandridge Motors, near the Graham Street overpass, is for sale by Exrpession 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 the overpass is also for sale. It too is on land zoned General Residential "offering excellent future development…
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 www.portphillip.vic.gov.au/queuing-lane.htm for more information and to have your say before 18 September 2015.
PMHPS has observed a notice of application for a planning permit for this house on the corner of Nott and Farrell Sts, Port Melbourne.
Morley's Cottage: cnr Nott and Farrell Streets
This is where William Morley lived. Morley was the the first chairman of Sandridge when it became a municipality in 1860. He was Mayor in 1867 and remained a Councillor until…
Aerial view of Garden City from "Melbourne - Plan for General Development", Report of the Metropolitan Town Planning Commission, 1929
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 Montague, plus other…
This week a Planning Panel has been meeting in Port Melbourne to hear submissions on the planning future of 1 - 7 Waterfront Place.
The relationship between the proposed development of that site and the Port Melbourne Railway Station is one of the matters being considered.
The building is on the Victorian Heritage Register (VHR) which lists places of significance to the…
Victoria-Australia Port Phillip Henry L. Cox, State Library of Victoria
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 Fishermans Bend is fundamental to planning for its future.
So lets look at this…
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 hopefully 'What a difference a tree lined boulevard, extending for several miles around the esplanade would make to the Port Melbourne…