Friday, September 12, 2014

Monday, April 21, 2014

Walking Tours for National Trust Heritage Festival

The Port Melbourne Historical and Preservation Society is offering two walks for the 2014 National Trust Heritage Festival.

  1. Destination: Port Melbourne Walking Tour – Friday 9 May from 11 am to 12.30 pm. This tour is centred on Port Melbourne’s piers. It is a circular walk, taking about 1.5 hours, beginning and ending at the Port Melbourne/Beacon Cove terminus of the 109. Bookings essential via Eventbrite or email
  2. Down the Line to Port - Wednesday 14 May from 11 am to 12.30 pm. This tour centres on stories associated with the Melbourne and Hobsons Bay railway line. The walk begins near Montague station (Stop 126 on the 109 tram service) and ends at Port Melbourne/Beacon Cove. Bookings essential via  Eventbrite or email
Port Melbourne is easy walking. Both walks are about 2.5 km and will take about 1.5 hours. There are seats along the way.
Janet Bolitho will lead these walks. A longstanding member of the PMH&PS, she is immersed in the history of Port Melbourne. A lot of what she knows comes directly from the experience of people who live, or have lived, in Port. She is a former Councillor and Mayor of the City of Port Phillip (2004 to 2012)
To keep up with stories from Port, visit us at our new website

Friday, January 10, 2014

Greetings and best wishes for 2014.
Port Melbourne Historical and Preservation Society is transitioning to a new website
These short posts will continue to appear weekly on the new website. All previously entries are on the new website. This week's post makes some bold claims about Port Melbourne and the Ashes

Your stories, memories and reflections on Port are always warmly welcomed.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Port Melbourne Historical and Preservation Society is moving to a new website early in 2014. This blog will become part of the new website, rather than separate from it, as it is now. It will make it easier for readers to find the Society in one place online.
Thank you for your interest in Port Melbourne's history. This blog will take a break from publication until the week beginning the 6th January 2014.

Cottage on the corner

PMHPS has observed a notice of application for a planning permit for this house on the corner of Nott and Farrell Sts, Port Melbourne.
Morley's Cottage: cnr Nott and Farrell Sts, Port Melbourne
This is where William Morley lived. He was the the first chairman of Sandridge when it became a municipality separate from Melbourne in 1860. He was mayor in 1867 and remained a Councillor until his death in 1877. You may have seen his name before - on the Bay St frontage of the former coal store now occupied by South Pacific Gym. Morley was a coal merchant and carter. The coal store, built out of bluestone, gives an indication that Morley was successful businessman.
Read more about Morley, the circumstances of his election and his family life in
The Borough and Its People: Port Melbourne 1839 to 1939 by Margaret and Graham Bride pp 82-84

Thursday, December 12, 2013

One of a kind - Port Melbourne Railway Station

This week a Planning Panel has been meeting in Port Melbourne to hear submissions on the planning future of 1 to 7 Waterfront Place.
The relationship between the proposed development of that site and the Port Melbourne Railway Station is one of the matters being considered. The building is on the Victorian Heritage Register (VHR) which is for places of significance to Victoria. The City of Port Phillip heritage register is for places with local heritage significance. This reminds us that the Port Melbourne Railway Station is an important place for Victoria and the citation explains why:
'The former Port Melbourne Railway Station building is historically significant by association with the first public steam railway in Australia, and with the development and use of the Port Melbourne piers. The building played an important role in the history of the piers, in particular Station Pier, and in the social history of Melbourne with its association with the popular bay excursion trade.
The former Port Melbourne Railway Station building, which was rebuilt at a time when the function of the piers was expanding, is significant in demonstrating a critical change in the maritime activity of the Bayside area. Its significance is further enhanced by the fact that, unlike the piers, it has not been dramatically altered throughout the twentieth century. The former Port Melbourne Railway Station building is of architectural and historical significance as a distinctive building type, the only surviving representation within the metropolitan context of a small group of station buildings developed by the Victorian Railways Department following the 1890s depression. The significance is enhanced by the integrity of its building fabric.' (Statement of Cultural Heritage Significance VHR HO983)

The City of Port Phillip's expert heritage witness Anita Brady of Lovell Chen argued that
'For both proposals, there will be impacts on the VHR listed station building arising out of the close proximity of substantial new development. While the impacts vary, both proposals still represent an unacceptable outcome for the heritage listed railway station building. Both proposals also have new building components extending in the VHR extent of registration of the railway station, which are not consistent with the heritage values and character of the railway station, or of maintaining an appropriate setting to the station. Constructing these elements in the VHR registered land would require a permit from Heritage Victoria and not from the responsible authority (the Council)

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Beginning and ending: Holden

Today, after weeks of uncertainty but with an increasing sense of foreboding, Holden announced that it will cease to make cars in Australia from 2017. Holden, Port Melbourne, Fishermans Bend - inseparable. This is where Australia began its journey into automobile manufacture and where it will end. There will be much more said, but PMHPS wanted to mark this sad day - the implications of which will be felt throughout Victoria in the years to come. 2,900 jobs will be lost: 1600 in Adelaide and 1300 in Victoria. Read GM's media release.