The story behind Olive’s Corner

Olive's corner was officially so named on 7 December 2001 as a tribute to the life and values of Olive Zakharov  - humanist and Federal Senator 1929 – 1995 Olive Zakharov was born at home in Kew on 19 March 1929. Olive was educated at Ruyton … [Read more...]

Centenary Bridge

It was not known as Centenary Bridge when it was built, but as the ‘Overhead Bridge at Station Pier’. It was constructed in 1934 to make the ‘disgraceful’ Port Melbourne waterfront more attractive in Victoria’s 100th year. For decades, complaints … [Read more...]

Captain Gray, Master of the Paddle Steamers

From the collection Scrapbook of Captain Harry Gray: Master of the Paddle Steamers PS Hygeia and PS Weeroona Captain Gray kept a scrapbook of newspaper clippings of various shipping events and stories on Port Phillip Bay from 1888 to 1976 which … [Read more...]

Trash & Treasure

I snapped this sign in 2007 on the fence at the former St Josephs Primary School site in 2007 near where Swallow Street diverges from Graham Street near the overpass but for me it has always raised one question.  When, exactly, was the Trash & … [Read more...]

Gateway to Melbourne

The Town Planning Commission report of 1929 was very critical of the entrance to Melbourne from Port Melbourne. It reported that 'this approach to Melbourne is a drab and shabby one'. The honorary secretary of the Commission, Frank Heath, said … [Read more...]

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