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Town Hall, 333 Bay Street, Port Melbourne
Town Hall, 333 Bay Street, Port Melbourne

Tom Griffin

by David Thompson On Sunday, 8 Nov 1953 Port Melbourne Mayor, Cr E J Purchase with Crs J P Crichton and T G Douglas accompanied by the Port Melbourne Municipal Band attended the grave of the late Cr Tom Griffin at Lancefield. [1] This had become an annual pilgrimage since Griffin's death three years earlier. Advertisement, The Record, 15 August…

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‘Roar Like a Bull!’

Growing up in Port Melbourne in the middle of the 20th Century by Albert Caton I was born in 1942 in the maternity ward of the Women’s Hospital in North Melbourne, the son of Edward Harold (‘Ted’) Caton and Muriel Lily (Reed) Caton. Soon afterwards, my mum and I moved to Sydney where my father was stationed in the Navy…

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Picturing Bessie Ross

by David F Radcliffe After we bought our Victorian era place on Esplanade East in 2017, I wondered when it was built and who had lived here previously. This led to the discovery that the allotment on which our house now stands was purchased by Elizabeth Ross and Simon Patience at a Crown Land auction in December 1883. Who were they…

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A Corner Shop

In the days before supermarkets and large shopping centres the people of Port Melbourne and other inner suburbs shopped every day at small local shops located cheek by jowl amongst their own houses. One such shop was located on the corner of Esplanade East and Spring Street East. PMHPS has a digital copy of a photograph album compiled…

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Family secrets

Margaret Bride writes: Are there any secrets in your family? Do you even know whether or not there are any? We are all aware that many families have their mythologies, based sometimes on fact, but myths never the less. Families pass on their stories from one generation to the next. Many of us were brought up from a young age…

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A corner shop

116 Farrell Street, Port Melbourne 116 Farrell St, Port Melbourne The house on the corner north-west of Ross Street and Farrell Street was once occupied by a small shop and residence. Perhaps the light cream brick cladding on the building in 2016 could have been placed over the original weatherboard shop, or perhaps the shop was demolished and this small…

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Post War Port Melbourne

Port Melbourne children from the Albert Street area posing in Poolman Street, 1947. Jim Power is far right in the front row. Photographer: Jack Gould. 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…

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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. Irene Jago outside the shop, corner Ingles and Heath Sts Rene was in charge of the shop and her sister Bette worked with her. They lived behind…

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Acknowledgement of Traditional Custodians

We respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we meet and work, the Bunurong Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung peoples of the Eastern Kulin Nation and pay respect to their Elders past, present and emerging.