The weather settled briefly at midday on Thursday 3rd November for the Allan Whittaker commemoration. A bank of clouds over Williamstown edged closer but no rain fell.
Kevin Bracken tells the Whittaker story photo Janet Bolitho
In front of the recently named Allan Whittaker Centre, Kevin Bracken re-told the now familiar story of the…
Shrouded in Controversy
Apartment Towers at Beacon Cove (2021). Photo: David Thompson, PMHPS Collection.
This peaceful waterfront has been a centre of controversy many times since it was first occupied by Europeans in 1836.
Surveyor Darke’s Camp, Sandridge. Watercolour by W.F.E. Liardet (1875) State Library of Victoria
William Darke was one of the surveyors given the task of surveying the district…
Hospital ship, MS Oranje, at Port Melbourne, 1940s. Photograph by Roy Liebig. PMHPS Collection.
This story was sparked by a couple of images in the PMHPS Collection taken by Roy Liebig in the 1940s. Both images appear later in this story so more on those later.
MS Oranje, 1940s. Photo by Roy Liebig. PMHPS Collection.
The MS Oranje started life in the…
In the welcome shade cast by the now formally named Allan Whittaker gatehouse, people gathered for the annual commemoration of his life on Princes Pier.
Kevin Bracken photo Simon Kosmer
No one can tell the story of Allan Whittaker and 1928 as Kevin Bracken can. He speaks with the authority of a former Victorian secretary of the Maritime Union of Australia…
On an overcast but very hot day, people gathered at Princes Pier to remember Allan Whittaker.
This year marked the culmination of a community campaign to recognise Whittaker, his life and tragic death. It was a time to hand on the story to the students of Albert Park College
Former Supreme Court judge, Frank Vincent addressed his remarks to the…
Allan Whittaker Commemoration 2017
Former Supreme Court judge Frank Vincent offered these reflections at the Allan Whittaker commemoration held on Princes Pier on Thursday 2 November. The gatehouse on Princes Pier has now been named the Allan Whittaker Gatehouse after sustained advocacy by the Whittaker Memorial Committee.
Port Melbourne at that time was a very poor working class suburb. It was made…
Legacy of 1928
On a (rare) sunny evening, former Supreme Court judge Frank Vincent offered these reflections on the legacy of 1928 at the Allan Whittaker commemoration held on Princes Pier on Friday 28 October. He spoke without notes.
"The question I was going to pose is 'What is the thread that joins Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, Pauline Hanson and Boris Johnson?'
It is not the first time in Port Melbourne's history that the entry to Melbourne from Port Melbourne has been described in these terms.
In 1929, the Metropolitan Town Planning Commission report described 'this approach to Melbourne is a drab and shabby one which has been the subject of criticism by visitors as well as by citizens.' Their proposed solution was a…
Port Melbourne, March '92 by Brian Cleveland
The railings along the seafront looking back towards Princes Pier.
Port Melbourne, March '91 by Brian Cleveland
View of the roadway (Beach Street) between Station and Princes Piers with the West Gate Bridge in the background and the Mission to Seamen building on the right.