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

Tucker Avenue

Albert Tucker served two terms as Mayor of Port Melbourne - in 1916-17 and 1927-28. His time on council was not continuous. He stood for election on three separate occasions. Nevertheless it was said that "One can hardly conceive the Port Melbourne Council without Albert Tucker". Tucker was a stalwart Labour man. He was clearly well respected by his peers and…

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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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A corner shop

116 Farrell Street, Port Melbourne The house on the corner north-west of Ross Street and Farrell Street was once occupied by a small shop and residence. Perhaps the light cream brick cladding on the building in 2016 could have been placed over the original weatherboard shop, or perhaps the shop was demolished and this small brick house built on…

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Aanensen Family Portrait

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…

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Redevelopment sites in Port Melbourne

Sandridge Motors, near the Graham Street overpass, is for sale by Exrpession of Interest. According to the board, the land is zoned General Residential with a maximum height limit of 18 metres (6 storeys). The Clare Castle Hotel on the other side of the overpass is also for sale. It too is on land zoned General Residential "offering excellent future development…

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Biscuits in boxes, butter in pats

Judi Groves (Rose) writes about her grandfather ‘R.T.' Rose (Roland Thomas) My grandfather – or ‘R.T.’ as he was commonly known – owned the licensed grocer at 168 Ross Street. He was born in Brunswick in March 1893 and signed up for World War 1 in July 1915.  At the time he was a carpenter living at 105 Graham St.  He served on…

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Unhappy Ending

Roland Thomas Rose c1925 Roland Thomas Rose, Licensed Grocer of 168 Ross Street, Port Melbourne, the proud owner of his 'company' car. In the mid 1930's, some ten years after this photograph was taken, Roland was tragically killed in a car accident on the corner of Ross and Graham Streets. The small boy standing on the running board is his son, Frank William (Bill), who was…

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Lost Shops of Graham Street

Shirley Videion recalls the shops in Graham Street before the construction of the Graham Street overpass: Graham Street was blessed with milk bars. The two most preferred by our group when walking on a Sunday were McCarthy's next to the double storey house on the corner of Graham Street and Evans Street or McKenzie's on the other side of the Graham Station…

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