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Town Hall, 333 Bay Street, Port Melbourne

Derham Street

Frederick Thomas Derham was born in Somerset, England, in 1844 and arrived in Melbourne with his family in 1856. Derham's first business undertaking was as a mercantile broker with Callender Calwell & Co. In 1864, he married Ada Anderson with whom he had three sons and a daughter. Ada died in 1874. Derham had met Thomas Swallow, founder of Swallow…

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Representing Port Melbourne

With the 2014 state election imminent, this post looks briefly at two very different people who have represented Port Melbourne: Frederick Derham Frederick Derham arrived in Melbourne in 1856. Following the death of his first wife, Ada, he married Francis Dodd Swallow, the daughter of his business partner Thomas Swallow. He became the managing director of the company in 1888 and  the sole…

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Dunlop wins the Melbourne Cup

In a scrapbook in the Swallow & Ariell archive is a page of reminiscences about the ‘old’ days in Port Melbourne which includes a reference to the Melbourne Cup.  ‘old residents will remember the (navy) volunteers, led by Captain Swallow. We used to follow them around the streets, the band playing current tunes “Back Harry”. Moore, who died a few years…

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Beards

Beards have perhaps not made as much of a come back in Port as in some suburbs north of the river.  Nevertheless, this post takes a look at some of our former Port leaders from a beard perspective. Thomas Swallow, founder of the Swallow and Ariell biscuit company, sported a neat and trim sort of beard. Thomas Swallow PORT PHILLIP CITY COLLECTION Swallow went…

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