Sarah Stella Edwards, known as Stella at her preference, was born into a close-knit Sandridge pioneering family that was strong on talent and ability. Even so, she was notable among them as the independent, entrepreneurial and highly talented woman that she was. She was much admired.
Stella's mother was Sarah Whiteman, one of the earliest settler children born in…
by Ray Jelley
As we have seen from previous articles about the history of Port Melbourne the many wooden cottages and their closeness to each other made them susceptible to fire spreading from one building to those adjoining it, should a fire break out in one. The lack of a reliable high-pressure water supply and the relative crudeness of firefighting…
As we make final preparations for Christmas . . .
On the 20th December 1917 men and women in Port Melbourne voted in a referendum on this question
"Are you in favour of the proposal of the Commonwealth Government for reinforcing the Australian Imperial forces overseas?"
This question, although it does not use the word conscription, came to be known as the…
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…
Geoff Deed, who grew up at 41 Nott Street, offers this story from his boyhood in the fifties:
'There was a family called Fletcher that lived in Rouse St - just the mother and the son. His name was Jeffrey - with a 'J'. There was no father. (Maybe he was killed in the war?)
Through the window of their place you could…
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…
Brought to light - the story of Janet Adams
Margaret Bride writes:
International Women’s Day is an opportunity to reflect on the many women who have influenced my life yet of whom there is little or no documentary evidence. Janet Adams is one of these women, though I never met her. In the early years of the 20th century Janet, a…
Approach to the Graham St overpass, Port Melbourne
A glimpse of the Graham St overpass in the current TAC (Transport Accident Commission) road safety campaign triggers a post about Port Melbourne as a location in films.
Port Melbourne was the scene of the early 1905 Limelight documentary film showing Swallow and Ariell and employees leaving the building from a very recognisable Rouse St.
The late 1980s was a…
Port Phillip Planning Scheme Amendment C103: Implementing the Bay St Structure Plan
The Society will present at the Planning Panel considering submissions on this amendment on Friday 2 May.
Two key directions in the amendment strongly supported by the Society are to
Replace the existing precinct-based Heritage Overlay (HO1) applying to land south of 105 Bay Street in Bay, Beach, Dow…
In late 2013, Port Phillip Council gave notice to Dugga Beazley to cease operating from his familiar spot in Dow St. See PMH&PS's post of November.
Following interventions by many people who wish Dugga well, Council has removed a section of the raised median in Rouse St to enable him to bring his boats into his yard.
entry to Dugga Beazley's yard through…