Bruce Gooley is a graduate of Melbourne University and a researcher, presenter and self-published author with a special interest in maritime history. He is a volunteer tutor at the Hawthorn University of the Third Age (U3A). He has presented over 120 one and a half hour illustrated maritime history talks there, and has also presented to Provis and Historical Societies,…
Hospital ship, MS Oranje, at Port Melbourne, 1940s. Photograph by Roy Liebig. PMHPS Collection.
This story was sparked by a couple of images in the PMHPS Collection taken by Roy Liebig in the 1940s. Both images appear later in this story so more on those later.
MS Oranje, 1940s. Photo by Roy Liebig. PMHPS Collection.
The MS Oranje started life in the…
Pedestrian access to Ellinis Mews from Beacon Road, Photograph by David Thompson
Ellinis Mews is a short residential street in Beacon Cove but I'm not sure where the connection with stables is other than in the developers' minds. To me it is a Court or what we would have called in Ireland a Close or, if we wanted to be…
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 There', was conceived by Margaret Bride and resulted in eight PMHPS members each describing an…
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 Whatty
HMS Mildura. Photo: Henry Whatty
His father, Charles Whatty, was born in 1850 in Snettisham, Norfolk but his family moved to Mevagissey,…
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 Port as a 10 year-old.
PMH&PS meet on the fourth Monday of each month except…
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.
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.
HMAS Tug Wareena, Port Melbourne, November '92 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'.
Port Melbourne, 1974 by Brian Cleveland
This coloured drawing from 1974 shows the Panamanian vessel Luminous berthed at an unidentified wharf at Port Melbourne.