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Town Hall, 333 Bay Street, Port Melbourne
Town Hall, 333 Bay Street, Port Melbourne

Memorial to George Sangster

by Margaret Bride Sangster Memorial. Photo: Janet Bolitho. Sangster Reserve occupies the small triangular piece of land behind the Port Melbourne Bowling Club between Princes and Nott Streets. The area includes a children's playground and nearby there is an art deco style electrical substation. Just inside the Nott Street entrance is this monument commemorating the life of George Sangster, once a…

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The Freame Families of Port Melbourne

by Ray Jelley ‘there was a sheep dressed up to represent Carbine II with his jockey; Bunny Hare all ready to run for the Port Melbourne Cup; saddles of mutton in fanciful designs; poultry and geese formed from the shoulders of mutton; pigeons, made of suet, flying about the windows …’ proclaimed the Standard on 18 May 1895 when describing the display in…

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An afternoon in the Park

Molly Lowrie, aged about 8 with her younger sisters Nancy, Betty, Patsy and Lorna in Crichton Reserve, Port Melbourne, 1929. My mother Molly Lowrie, aged about 8, with her younger sisters Nancy, Betty, Patsy and Lorna taken in the Crichton Reserve, opposite their home at Princes Street Port Melbourne, in 1929. While the two-storey Nott Street School building in the background…

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Why Bother Going to the Riviera?

Port Melbourne foreshore (at Princes St) around 1947. PMHPS Collection. This image from the PMH&PS collection shows the foreshore at the foot of Princes Street, Port Melbourne, taken from the jetty that covered the main drain outlet around 1947. As a boy, I lived further along Princes Street and this was "my" beach. By the late 1950s, much of the planking on…

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Anti-conscription in Port

Had you been living in Port in October 1916, you would have been very aware of the referendum on conscription that was looming on 28 October. Campaigning was intense. The question to be put to electors was: Are you in favour of the Government having, in this grave emergency, the same compulsory powers over citizens in regard to requiring their military service,…

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Walking the War in Port

This week, PMHPS received a commendation for its Port Melbourne First World War Centenary Project at the Victorian Community History Awards.  This article draws on the resources created by the project. Chance, rather than conscious choice, led to a walk on Port Melbourne and the Great War coinciding with the 21st October – the final day of the departure of the first convoy from all…

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Planning Update

A tale of two buildings The two buildings discussed below had/have no heritage significance but they they have been part of the Port streetscape for many years. They are about to make way for new development. 143 Station Street (through to Princes St) The property was sold by Frank Gordon for $1,140,000 on Saturday 22 September 2012. A planning application to demolish…

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Herrick, Wilfred Rupert (3132)

Place of Birth: Port Melbourne, VIC Age: 19 years 1 month Enlistment Details: Wednesday, 7 July 1915 - Melbourne, VIC Service Number: 3132          view online service record Address: 315 Princes Street Port Melbourne, VIC Next of Kin: M M Herrick (father) 315 Princes Street Port Melbourne, VIC Embarkation Details: Date: Thursday, 18 November 1915 Ship: HMAT Wiltshire A18 Port: Melbourne, VIC Unit: 21st Infantry Battalion - 7th Reinforcements Fate: RTA: Thursday, 8 May…

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