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…
Aanensen Family Portrait taken in early 1904.
Rear (L-R) Alfred Adolf (b 1890), Stanley George (b 1888), Marie Louisa (b 1893)
Middle (L-R) Albert Edward (b 1901) (being held), Bernt Andreas (b 1865) (father),
Andreas Thomas (b 1903) (being held), Edith Ann (b 1867) (mother);
Front (L-R) Aanen Harold (b 1897), Victor Bernt (b 1895),
William Ernst (b 1899).
The photo predates the birth of…
former Rootes Factory, Salmon Street, Port MelbourneOur guest at the May meeting will be Helen Lardner of HLDC, heritage consultant for Stamoulis Property Group, who will talk about their concern for historical background, and the development of the former Rootes site in Salmon Street.
Note: Barb Cullen who was previously advertised will now talk at our meeting on June 27.
The PMHPS joined with the National Trust (Victoria) and the Art Deco and Modernism Society to commission a more detailed study of the former Rootes car manufacturer in Salmon St.
These three organisations are concerned that there is no heritage protection for any part of the site, not even the administration building.
Many features remain intact inside the administration building
The detailed study…
On June 26, the Age reported that a development application is under consideration for the former Rootes factory at 11-19 Salmon Street.
image David Thompson
Rootes was an English car company. It was started by William Rootes from a small cycle shop in Kent. A motor dealership was added. His sons William and Reginald expanded the firm in the 1930s by acquiring several 'marques'…
Rootes Factory in Salmon St. Harold Paynting Collection, State Library of Victoria
In the late 1930s Fishermans Bend was on the cusp of a major transformation to industrial development - a change that was anticipated with excitement and optimism.
Charles Daley in The History of South Melbourne says:
"The once-despised Fishermen's Bend - a no-man's land - under the pressure of economic…
Dr Stefan Schutt is documenting 'ghost signs' around Melbourne. That led to thinking about signs in Port Melbourne.
Port Melbourne's most splendid signs would have to be those that adorned the UDL building (now the id apartments) on Pickles St. They were painted by sign writer Keith Martin. UDL was a successor company to Joshua Bros Distillery which made brandy, whisky…