Post War Port Melbourne

This photo was taken in 1947. These children lived in the neighbourhood of Albert Street. Jim Power is on the far right of the front row. The photo was taken by Jack Gould in front of his house in Poolman Street. Jack was well known in Port … [Read more...]

Miss Jago’s Corner Shop

Annetta (Joy) Phillips writes about the former shop on the corner of Heath and Ingles Streets: Irene ('Rene') was the elder of two Jago sisters. In 1937 she opened a grocery and bakery shop at 101 Ingles Street. Rene was in charge of the … [Read more...]

Unhappy Ending

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Hard Times in Port

Some of the early items added to the PMHPS collection were three very large pawnbroker’s pledge books. They were found in a chimney in Bay Street, from the Johnny Allsorts Pawnbrokers. They contain thousands of poignant transactions involving most … [Read more...]

“They Can Carry Me Out”

"They Can Carry Me Out" - Memories of Port Melbourne Edited by Pat Grainger   PMH&PS 1991, A4 soft cover, illustrated, 96 pp $10.00   Reprint of 1991 Vintage Port: Worth Preserving oral history project.   Compiled from the memories of many … [Read more...]

Remembering Letty

Margaret Bride tells the story of her grandmother Letty Bellion. Her story is a window into Port life through the 1890s depression, the First World War and the difficult post war years that followed. The story tells of a disappeared cluster of … [Read more...]

The Corner Shop

Calling those with stories to share Port Phillip Council is inviting contributions to the Seniors Writing Awards - due by 2 September. Successful pieces are included in a publication. Here is a small excerpt from a delightful longer poem from the … [Read more...]

‘The Food of Great-grandmothers’ 2

Margaret Bride continues on the theme of  'The food of Great-grandmothers' As a further step in debunking the myth about our foremother’s healthy diet I hunted up the reports made by the Port Melbourne Health Inspector to the Central Board of Health … [Read more...]

‘The Food of Great-grandmothers’

An article in The Age, Epicure of 25 June 2013 prompted this response from member Margaret Bride: "In an article on how to eat a healthy diet, I recently read the advice, Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food. I think … [Read more...]

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