Station Pier, Port Melbourne, April 1994 by Brian Cleveland
View of the Western Kiosk at Station Pier with Princes Pier in the background.
Princes Pier, Port Melbourne was the point of arrival for the first refugees to Victoria after the Second World War
Arthur Calwell was Australia's first Minister for Immigration in the Chifley government. He drove the policy and its implementation. The sense of urgency is conveyed in this speech:
'without immigration the future of the Australia we know will be both uneasy and brief. As a…
The photograph in the window of the Photo Shop on Bay St records the visit of the 'Empire Cruise' to Melbourne in March 1924. Here is the photograph in the Museum Victoria Collection Reg. No: MM 111120 - but the image is reversed. Which is correct?
From 27 November 1923 to 28 September 1924, a fleet of six warships led by the flagship 'Hood'…
From the Collection - Charles Wynn Kiver Allison’s photo album c1920 (catalogue number 2197)
Sixty-six tiny but beautifully photographed views of piers and wharves under construction are treasured in this small album.
It belonged to New Zealand-born Charles Wynn Kiver Allison MIEA, who in the 1920s was the head engineer with the Melbourne Harbor Trust.
Many major developments in the Port…
Centenary Bridge c1949
It was not known as Centenary Bridge when it was built, but as the ‘Overhead Bridge at Station Pier’.
It was constructed in 1934 to make the ‘disgraceful’ Port Melbourne waterfront more attractive in Victoria’s 100th year. For decades, complaints about our waterfront’s unsightliness had gone unsorted. The piers with their handsome gatehouses at least had been completed, but…
Rita Price was born in Melbourne of Italian parents who had the kiosk at the end of Princes Pier. She told their story at the St Kilda Library as part of the 2015 Piers Festival.
Mrs Antonietta Cilia (Where Pier St, Port Melbourne is today): image courtesy of Rita Price
"My father worked initially at the Dunlop Tyre factory which used to be in…
Former Supreme Court Judge Frank Vincent
Reflections on 'entitlement'
Here is a transcript of Frank Vincent's address to those gathered to remember the life and times of Allan Whittaker, shot by police at Hogans Flat, close to Princes Pier on 2 November 1928. He died on Australia Day 1929.
'There is a tendency to talk about Allan Whittaker and the period that he…
Address by Ted Baillieu, chairman of the Anzac Centenary Commemoration Committee at the commemoration of the departure of the first convoy from Port Melbourne's piers on 19 October 2014
"This is the place
Where streamers were thrown to loved ones.
It was here that the cheers turned to tears.
It was here, where the warmth of the farewell turned into the chill of the…
Commemoration at Princes Pier
All three piers at Port Melbourne were used for the first convoy: Town Pier, New Railway Pier (later Princes Pier) and Railway Pier (later Station Pier).
This Sunday, 19th October, Princes Pier will be the focus of the commemoration of the first convoy to leave Victoria in World War 1. A detailed programme for the event is…
One hundred years ago, thousands of Victorians embarked from Port Melbourne bound for the battlefields of World War One. By the end of October 1914, 17 troopships had left Victorian shores carrying almost 8,000 troops as well as nurses, technicians, horses, supplies and weaponry. This was Victoria’s First Convoy.
To mark the centenary of this historic departure, the State Government of…