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 … [Read more...]

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 arrived in Melbourne in 1856. Following the death of his first wife, Ada, he married Francis … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]


Beards have perhaps not made as much of a come back in Port as in some suburbs north of the river.  Nevertheless, I thought to have a look at some of our former Port leaders from a beard perspective. Thomas Swallow, founder of the Swallow and Ariell … [Read more...]

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