Liardet Street

LIardet? or Lee-ar-day? There may be some uncertainty over the pronunciation but anyone living in Port Melbourne would know this street running between Pickles St to the east and Princes St to the west. Liardet St has two quite different … [Read more...]

Those Creative Liardets

180th Anniversary In celebration of Port Melbourne's founding father Capt Wilbraham Frederick Evelyn Liardet, the Port Melbourne Historical & Preservation Society exhibits a selection of works from some of his creative descendants. This … [Read more...]

Leonard Storey of ‘The Beach’

Leonard Storey was an interesting character, not so much for what we know of his life, but for what we don’t know. This enlivens our imagination into contemplating just where he originally came from and where he disappeared to. His known history … [Read more...]

Greater Port Melbourne – 1939 Centenary Celebrations

From October 28 to November 25, 1939 the City of Port Melbourne celebrated the landing of the Wilbraham and Caroline Liardet and their children on The Beach on November 15, 1839. The Centenary Committee produced a souvenir booklet entitled Greater … [Read more...]

Walks Around Vintage Port

Set of seven self-guided walks around old Port Melbourne Updated - 2016/17   1 - Beach to Borough: Liardet's Beach and Early Sandridge 2 - Along the Vanishing Lagoon 3 - Steamers & Streamers: The Piers at Port Melbourne 4 - From Pier to … [Read more...]

Commemorating the Liardets

From the Collection Port Melbourne Centenary Souvenir and commemorative enamelled badges and pins Liardet's ARRIVAL On November 15, 1839, the good ship 'William Metcalfe' anchored in Hobson’s Bay.  She carried Mr. and Mrs. Wilbraham Frederick … [Read more...]

Celebrating the Landing – 175th Liardet Anniversary

Complementing Pamela Horsley’s ‘Adventuring with the Liardets’, the Port Melbourne Historical and Preservation Society presents ‘Celebrating the Landing’ – an exhibition detailing how Port Melbourne has commemorated other anniversaries of the Liardet … [Read more...]

This is Where the Story Ends

In the story of our first settlers we often focus on the arrival in November 1839, their subsequent settlement at the Beach and those early years during the establishment of Sandridge but what of their later life? By 1853 Wilbraham and Caroline … [Read more...]

Darke and Sandridge

William Darke gave the name Sandridge to the area now known as Port Melbourne. He was one of three surveyors sent by Governor Bourke in 1836 to survey the shore of Port Phillip Bay and plot the course of the Yarra River. The name described the 'mile … [Read more...]

Separation – becoming Victoria

On 1 July 1851, the Port Phillip district formally separated from New South Wales to become the colony of Victoria. From the 1840s onwards there was growing discontent in the Port Phillip district. People complained of being in 'the thrall' of New … [Read more...]

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