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…
Bridge Street Light Rail Crossing (2021). Photo: David Thompson, PMHPS Collection.
The light rail service from the city to Port Melbourne opened in December 1987 replacing the railway that had operated along much the same route since 1854. In that year the Hobson’s Bay Railway Company opened the first rail service in Australia from the city to the beach. They were…
Bay Street at Beach Street (2021). Photo: David Thompson, PMHPS Collection.
For more than 150 years Morley’s Coal Depot has stood on the south-east corner of Bay and Beach Streets. William Morley was a prominent local merchant in Port Melbourne in the years of the gold boom. In 1860 he was elected as the first chairman of the Sandridge Council. The…
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 Melbourne.
Port Melbourne Town Hall (1883). City of Port Phillip Collection.
By 1900 it was a broad thoroughfare lined…
Steven Haby, Secretary Librarian at the Prahran Mechanics' Institute Library will be the guest speaker for our virtual July meeting via Zoom.
Steven will speak on the topic of A 'standard' bus: the CAC / Comair.
Camden Bus Service (11) JFF-416 a Bedford SB5 / Comair from 1965 at Chadstone. Image (c) Bus and Coach Society of Victoria.
Following the end…
Victor had an intriguing way of letting his mother know that he would soon be arriving close to home so that she could deliver his lunch to him without interrupting his work-day – he blew the train whistle. This oral history record was made by Margaret Nayban in 2006 and written into the Port People database. Margaret went…
Society member Margaret Bride will speak at our July meeting on the topic of "Melbourne and its Suburbs".
Between 1851 and 1891 Melbourne experienced an amazing growth in population and wealth.”Melbourne and its Suburbs” will explore five factors that shaped this development: geography, land occupation, land sales, transport and municipal government. The period ends in 1891 when the depression of the…
Port Melbourne children from the Albert Street area posing in Poolman Street, 1947. Jim Power is far right in the front row. Photographer: Jack Gould.
This photo was taken in 1947. These children lived in the neighbourhood of Albert Street. Jim Power is on the far right of the front row.
The photo was taken by Jack Gould in front of…
Cable Tram Shed, Port Melbourne, September 1997 by Brian Cleveland
Port Melbourne, cable tram shed & original sail makers factory, September 1997 by Brian Cleveland