by David F Radcliffe
James Garton was granted the licence for the Pier Hotel in May 1853. Over the next decade or so, there wasn’t much that happened in Sandridge that did not involve him. Born in Bath, Somerset, he arrived in Melbourne aged 24 with his brother Richard in March 1850. A brewer by trade, Garton is reported to have started out…
by David Thompson
After so many years having a public holiday for the Queen’s Birthday, it felt a bit strange to have one for the King's Birthday in 2023. The public holiday honouring the monarch's official birthday, at least for football followers, means a blockbuster match between Melbourne and Collingwood at the MCG and the Neale Daniher-led Big Freeze event…
A search of the Society's collection for Trugo (sport - trugo) today, 20 January, 2023, produces a list of eleven items. This story looks at three of those items to see what they say about the sport, in general, and Trugo in Port Melbourne in particular.
This is not intended to be an in-depth story about Trugo other than…
Hassa Mann, three-time premiership player with Melbourne Football Club was the guest speaker at our April 2022 meeting. Hassa, spoke on the topic of "Field of Dreams: A sporting odyssey".
This talk was presented to the Port Melbourne Historical and Preservation Society on 22 April 2022.
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).…
PMHPS Monthly Meeting, 23 February 2021 at the auditorium, Port Melbourne Town Hall featuring members' presentations of Gems from the Collection.
Suzy Milburn - Tennis and School Visits David Radcliffe - Port Melbourne Free Library John May and Janet Bolitho - Jim Sinclair and a Japanese map of wartime Port Melbourne
The presentation starts approximately 12 minutes into the meeting.
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…
In July 2103 Libby O’Farrell became the 100th Australian and 25th Australian woman to successfully swim the English Channel. Libby shares with us her story on tackling one of the world’s most difficult swims, from swimming at night, to jellyfish, tankers, duck fat and teamwork.
This talk was presented to the Port Melbourne Historical and Preservation Society on 22 September…
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…
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…