I’m Glad I Was There

On Tuesday 28 July 2020, unable to meet in person due to the COVID-19 restrictions in place in Victoria at the time, the Port Melbourne Historical and Preservation Society held its first ever online meeting via Zoom. The topic, 'I Wish I Had Been … [Read more...]

Henry Whatty’s Port Melbourne

by David Radcliffe Henry Martin Whatty grew up in Port Melbourne during the 1870s and 1880s. He loved boats and boating and the photographs he took reflect his nautical interests.  Boat Harbour, Port Melbourne Lagoon Mouth. Photo: Henry … [Read more...]

Meeting – Mon 24 April 2017, 7.30pm

Our April guest will be John Hoskins.  John, as a young boy, lived in Howe Parade for a short time and the view of the ships at Station and Princes Piers sparked a lifelong interest in all things maritime.  John will speak about life in mid-1960s … [Read more...]

Salt on the Windows by Janice C MacDonald

Author Janice Christine MacDonald neé Morton died on Tuesday, 19 May 2015. A victim of Alzheimer's Disease, she had lost all those memories fortunately recorded in her books on Port Melbourne. An active PMH&PS member in our foundation decades, … [Read more...]

Old Section, Station Pier, Pt Melb, Dec ’92 by Brian Cleveland

Station Pier showing the eastern finger pier, which Brian calls the old section, Eastern Kiosk and gatehouse. … [Read more...]

Port Melbourne, 1995 by Brian Cleveland

Station Pier in 1995 from the roadway between the two piers.  Brian has shown ships berthed at the pier and a tugboat alongside. … [Read more...]

HMAS Tug Wareena, Port Melbourne, November 1992 by Brian Cleveland

HMAS Tug Wareena berthed at Port Melbourne.  Brian has noted that the tug was 'used as a safety guard for nuclear powered ships - towing if need arises'. … [Read more...]

Port Melbourne, 1974 by Brian Cleveland

This coloured drawing from 1974 shows the Panamanian vessel Luminous berthed at an unidentified wharf at Port Melbourne. … [Read more...]

A Kerosene Ship in Flames

The Hilaria, a 1,500 ton two-masted ship from New York caught fire at Town Pier on the morning of the 7th July 1895. Earlier it had been ordered to an outer anchorage away from the pier as its manifest included a case of detonators as well as the … [Read more...]


Today's post is prompted by the royal visit to Australia and the approach of Anzac Day. The Prince of Wales, later to become King Edward VIII, visited Melbourne in May 1920 on board the British warship HMS Renown. He came to represent his … [Read more...]

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