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Town Hall, 333 Bay Street, Port Melbourne
Town Hall, 333 Bay Street, Port Melbourne

The Freame Families of Port Melbourne

by Ray Jelley ‘there was a sheep dressed up to represent Carbine II with his jockey; Bunny Hare all ready to run for the Port Melbourne Cup; saddles of mutton in fanciful designs; poultry and geese formed from the shoulders of mutton; pigeons, made of suet, flying about the windows …’ proclaimed the Standard on 18 May 1895 when describing the display in…

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The Flu Epidemic of 1919

by Claire Johnson In May 1918, reports of a mysterious and deadly disease ravaging Europe began to reach Australia, causing concern amongst those who had family members involved in the war in Europe. By July, England was affected, and Australian newspapers and letters from soldiers kept the Australian public informed. Dubbed the ‘Spanish Flu’, it was a variant of swine…

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War Memorial

One of the issues raised at the meeting of the Port Melbourne branch of the Sailors’ and Soldiers’ Fathers’ Association on Monday 12 January 1920 was the intention of the branch to erect a memorial to the local men who were killed in the war. Cr Owen Sinclair suggested Edwards Park on the land reclaimed from the lagoon would make…

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AGM – Mon 27 Aug 2018

Our Annual General Meeting will be held Monday 27 August 2018 at Port Melbourne Town Hall, 7.15pm for 7.30pm. We will be celebrating our FIRST TWENTY-FIVE YEARS with a video and exhibition launched by our Patron, Ms Liana Thompson. Doors open 6.30pm for viewing the ground floor exhibition. Following a brief business meeting, historian/author Assoc. Prof. John Lack will speak on Port in a…

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Women’s Welcoming Committee

It is unfair to say that 1918 marks the pinnacle of the work of the Women's Welcoming Committee (WWC) because they welcomed all but the first troopship returning to our piers right through the war until 1920. They did much more besides including the erection of the Band Rotunda on the foreshore as "there is no sweeter commemoration than music", as…

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The War in Port – 1917

As we make final preparations for Christmas . . . On the 20th December 1917 men and women in Port Melbourne voted in a referendum on this question "Are you in favour of the proposal of the Commonwealth Government for reinforcing the Australian Imperial forces overseas?" This question, although it does not use the word conscription, came to be known as the…

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October Sunday Afternoon Meeting

Members please note that our October meeting will be held on Sunday 23 October at 2.30pm in the Port Melbourne Trugo Clubrooms at Edwards Park. After usual business we'll hear from David Thompson about the Nott Street Old Boys WWI Roll of Honour and the notes from friends and relatives secreted in a compartment within the honour board.

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