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...]

HMVS Cerberus

The recent arrival at Webb Dock of the Helicopter Landing Dock Ship, to be known as the NUSHIP Adelaide once commissioned, prompts a post on the arrival in Hobsons Bay of HMVS Cerberus in April 1871. The Cerberus arrived in Hobsons Bay after 'a … [Read more...]

It has to be about cricket

Now all posts on this site must pass the Port Melbourne connection test. PMHPS suggests that it is not straining this test to say that Port Melbourne has a connection with the history of the Ashes. Read on. Over Christmas 1861, the colony of … [Read more...]

My Time at Engine Works by Glen Stuart

My Time at Engine Works by Glen Stuart   PMH&PS, A4 soft cover, $15.00   The Commonwealth Government Marine Engine Works built on Port Melbourne foreshore during World War II. In My Time at Engine Works, Glen Stuart details the … [Read more...]

Tall Ships Festival: 6 to 15 September

The Tall Ships Festival starts today with ships coming through the Heads and arriving in Williamstown tomorrow. The Tall Ships came to Port Melbourne in 1988 for the Bicentenary Celebrations which were launched nationwide on New Year's Eve at … [Read more...]

The Great White Fleet and Port Melbourne

President Theodore Roosevelt commissioned 16 new battleships between 1904 and 1907. He sent them on a 15 month goodwill visit around the world. Prime Minister Deakin invited them to visit Australia. The young Australia was feeling exposed following … [Read more...]

Many more boxes ahead

Encounter Bay, first container ship to berth at no 1 West Swanson Dock This first blog post takes a Port theme, following the government's recent approval of the Port Capacity Project.  A recent Port of Melbourne publication says that 'In the … [Read more...]

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