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 … [Read more...]

Changing Fortunes by David F Radcliffe

Changing Fortunes: Ebb and Flow of People and Place in a Pocket in Port Melbourne by David F Radcliffe PenFolk Publishing , Blackburn, 2021, soft cover, colour illustrated, 266 pp. $39.95. With forewords by Janet Bolitho and Dr Gary … [Read more...]

Now and Then 2021 – Corner Bay and Spring Streets

Bay Street at Spring Street (2021). Photo: David Thompson, PMHPS Collection. Bay Street has always been both a route and a destination. Vehicles now, as then, travel north and south, but in 1840 it was no more than a dusty track leading to … [Read more...]

An Exciting Incident

by David Radcliffe On Saturday evening, 7th February 1903 a series of robberies took place in Esplanade East followed by a high speed chase down Spring Street East culminating in a dangerous collision with a cable drawn tram in Bay Street opposite … [Read more...]

Spring Street – North, South, East and West

David Radcliffe For Victorians, Spring St is synonymous with the seat of government. Similarly, Spring St in Port Melbourne runs past our historical seat of local government, the Town Hall. What makes our Spring St unique is that it has four parts … [Read more...]

A Builder’s Signature?

Decorative Eaves on Workers’ Cottages A constant delight of Port Melbourne is the avenues of workers cottages built during the real estate boom of the late Victorian era. Yet there is much more to these small wooden homes with their pretty … [Read more...]

Watery names: A cluster of Floodgate, Pool and Spring

It is shaping up to be our wettest June in many years. It prompted a look at the place names that reveal Port Melbourne's watery foundation.  A particularly flood prone spot was, and remains, the area around Ingles and Crockford St.  In December … [Read more...]

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