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Now and Then 2021 – Lagoon Reserve

Lagoon Reserve is a popular place for dogs and their owners to meet up especially in the late afternoon. The reserve is lined on its eastern side by the Park Apartments and across Graham Street by the Portside Apartments. Both art deco inspired designs were developed by Becton Pty Ltd during the late 1990s and early 2000s. Lagoon Reserve (2021).…

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Percy Allan May

In the Society's April 2020 Newsletter, David Thompson relayed the story of the discovery that P A May of 137 Esplanade West, Port Melbourne appears in the Register of Entrants for the 1946 Easter Carnival at Stawell. The large registers are held at the Stawell Gift Hall of Fame and it was Wendy Hopwood from the Hall of Fame…

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Meeting – Tuesday 22 September 2020 @ 7.30PM

Libby O'Farrell. Photograph by Sarah Matray (News Corp) If you missed Libby's talk on the night, you can view it here. We are thrilled to confirm that Libby O'Farrell will be the guest speaker at our September meeting via Zoom. In July 2103 Libby O’Farrell became the 100th Australian and 25th Australian woman to successfully swim the English Channel. Libby will share with…

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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 There', was conceived by Margaret Bride and resulted in eight PMHPS members each describing an…

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Sandridge Stars

Recently Mark Nettleton wrote to us about two football clubs from Garden City that played in the Melbourne Amateur Sunday Football Association during the 1950s. Garden City Football Club played their home matches at Garden City Oval No. 1 (now known as R F Julier Reserve) while the Sandridge Stars Football Club were based at Oval No. 2 (now known…

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Port’s Stawell Gift Winner

G A Heppner plaque set into the footpath in Main Street, Stawell. Photo by David Thompson At very regular intervals along the footpaths of Main Street, Stawell there are small plaques recognising the winners of the Stawell Gift going back to 1878 like the one above featuring G A Heppner from Port Melbourne who won in 1892. Gustav (sometimes Gustave)…

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Meeting Monday 23 September @ 7.30pm

Port Melbourne Sports Clubs Port Melbourne has had and still has a proud history of hosting many different sporting clubs. On Monday 23rd September, we will hear about the history and the members’ commitment behind three of these clubs - the cricket, tennis and bowling clubs. Come along and hear Ron Stranks speak about  the “1950 Graham Street Boys, The Great…

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Meeting – Mon 28 May 2018, 7.30pm

At our May meeting we'll hear from Andrew Calleja, co-coach of the inaugural Port Melbourne Football Club Women's Team. Port Melbourne Football Club was founded in 1874 and in 2018 will field its first women's team in the South Eastern Women's Football League with the aim of obtaining a VFL license in the near future. Andrew will go over the recent…

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Go Port: Port United Boys Cricket Team

Port United Boys Cricket Team at JL Murphy Reserve, 1952. The photo was taken in 1952 at JL Murphy Reserve, corner of Williamstown Road and Graham Street. The area was Port Melbourne Municipal Council’s depot for electric light and bluestone. This local junior boy’s cricket team was organised by ourselves without adult help and was successful as undefeated premiers. The boys lived in…

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Meeting – Mon 27 June 2016, 7.30pm

Harder Than Football - League Players at War Our special guest in June will be Barb Cullen, author of Harder Than Football - League Players at War, a comprehensive list of all players from the Victorian Football League who served their country in war. Barb has a long history of commitment to AFL affiliated groups and clubs. Barbara is currently a volunteer curator assisting…

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