Peter Fisher will be our special guest at the March meeting. Peter has stories to tell us about Sandridge conflicts such as the ‘white-hot competition’ between Town and Railway Piers and the community’s problem with the Melbourne & Hobsons Bay Railway.
PMH&PS meet on the fourth Monday of each month except December in the Council Chamber, Upstairs at Port Melbourne Town Hall, 333 Bay St,…
Crowds welcome the Empress of Britain
Imagine an MCG Grand Final crowd thronging around Station Pier. That is what occurred 6 April 1938 when one of the Golden Age of ocean liners, the Empress of Britain, berthed there. This crowd estimate was published in The Argus the following day. At 42,500 tons (43,181 tonnes), it was the biggest vessel ever to…
From the PMHPS collection
A place of “Welcome and Farewell” - Early settlers, cargo ships, soldiers going overseas to fight in the wars, new migrants and travellers embarking on an overseas holiday would throw coloured streamers to family, friends and departing soldiers on the pier.
streamers sold at the Eastern kiosk, Station Pier
Station Pier was originally Railway Pier, built in 1854…