July 2012 - Vale - Freda Lahiff
Freda Lahiff, wife of late PMFC legend Tommy passes away aged 102.

Mar 2012 - Our New Shelving
John Kirby, Suzy Milburn, Lex Johnson and the Tuesday team install the last bit of steel shelving and cabinets in our work rooms. providing greatly improved and aesthetically appealing storage conditions for our collection.

Dec 2011 - Sizzling Snag, Stalls & Xmas Celebrations
PMHPS holds a sausage sizzle at Bunnings and stalls at Coles and at Port People/Beacon Cove's new Christmas festival Celebration in the Park.

Nov 2011 - We Meet Brian Cleveland
We meet artist and former Swinburne art instructor Brian Cleveland and his collection of drawings of Melbourne's endangered places, and agree to scan those of Port Melbourne.

Nov 2011 - Some Departures from Port
Cataloguer and shipping specialist Glen Stuart leaves the home where he was born to live in Mornington, and former president David and patron Liana Thompson move to Warragul for the time being.

Nov 2011 - 3rd Whittaker Memorial 'Walk'
The third annual Whittaker walk was not a walk, but a gathering on the foreshore at Beacon Vista to hear speakers on the history of the 1928 strike, on Allan Whittaker himself, and on the influence of Maritime Union activity in shaping the Port Melbourne waterfront.

Sep 2011 - PMFC Premiers
By defeating the old enemy, Williamstown, 22.12.144 to 13.10.88 at Etihad Stadium, PMFC complete the perfect season as undefeated VFL Premiers. The club's first premiership since the triple premierships of 1980, 81 & 82.

Sep 2011 - Middle Park has a History Group
The Middle Park History Group holds its inaugural meeting and election. John Stirling is elected president.

Sep 2011 - Congratulations to Beris Campbell
Beris Campbell, the first ever qualified social worker to be employed by Port Melbourne Council, was instrumental in improving many lives in this community with ground-breaking initiatives in the 1980s / 90s. Well, she’s at it again. Last month she was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for her commitment to the local Homeshare program. Beris created this organisation, which arranges an exchange of in-home care for accommodation to enable the elderly or disabled to remain in their own homes, assisted by a boarder.

Sep 2011 - Port Heritage Extended
Port Phillip Council passes Heritage Overlay 1 after much consultation, thereby extending the earlier HOs in Port.

Sep 2011 - We Have a Significant Collection
Euan McGillivray concludes his assessment and produces a 71 page report on the collection, concluding that it is significant.

22 Aug 2011 - PMHPS AGM
Guest speaker at our AGM, Peter Saultry (President, Port Melbourne Football Club) speaks about his long connection with PMFC.

August 2011 - Bank Houses Tour
Gavin Rowson presents a heritage walk and exhibition of the Bank Houses and other historic Garden City housing developments.

Feb 2011 - Vale Jessie Edwards
Long time member Jessie Edwards dies at the South Port Nursing Home where she has been since a stroke almost ten years ago. In 2003 Jessie, a former Lady Mayoress and head of Port's Senior Citizens, was awarded the Centenary of Federation Medal for her contribution to her community.

Feb 2011 - Premiere - Last of the Independents
The world Premiere of Last of the Independents by member and filmmaker Kevin Anderson was held in the main town Hall for a crowd of 100 including the Faram family. Kevin spent weeks of filming during the Faram Bros. Hardware's last days of operation before closing at christmas of 2006.

Nov 2010 - Whittaker Memorial Walk
The Second Whittaker Memorial Walk was held, moving from the foreshore at Beacon Vista past various points of maritime history and then to the PMBC. Speakers included The Hon Frank Vincent A.O., Perc White, Liana Thompson and Kevin Bracken.

Sep/Oct 2010 - Vale Dear friends
Ros Faram passes away after her long term illness, and dancing instructor Laura Mitchell Barnes dies at 96.

23 Aug 2010 - PMHPS AGM
Guest speaker at our AGM, Hon Frank Vincent AO son of a Port Melb wharfie and recently retired Supreme Court Justice talks about growing up in Port Melbourne and the death of Allan Whittaker and the waterfront workers strike of 1929.

August 2010 - We Receive an NLA Grant
We are advised by the National Library of Australia that they will grant us $5720 to have our collection assessed for significance. Only 70 out of 193 applicants received this honour.

July 2010 - Fire at the Hiberinan
Destructive fire starts in the kitchen of the Hibernian Hotel.

July 2010 - We're 150 Years Old
We celebrate 150 years of local government with open houses and exhibitions, including Kay Rowan's Beginnings of the Borough on the early years of Sandridge Borough Council. After 14 years away, the Mayor's chair was returned from St Kilda for the occasion, and then allowed to remain.

May 2010 - Peninsula Trip
We go by Community Bus to see the historic homesteads of the McCreas and the Liardets' Ballam Park.

Mar 2012 - Tram Tracks Unearthed
Workers uncover the old coal tram tracks while digging at the corner of Dow and Beach.

5 Dec 2009 - Vale Norah Howard
With great sadness we inform members of the passing of Norah Howard on Saturday 3rd December. A regular at meetings up until her recent hospitalisation, Norah was also an active member of the Port community belying her ninety years.

13 - 14 Nov 2009 - Street Theatre: Those Remarkable Liardets
Our neighbourhood has undergone major changes in the past decade and many newcomers are confused or unaware about Port Melbourne's first settled family, the Liardets, whose name is reflected in our streets. 2009 marks the 170th anniversary of their landing on our beach, and we feel that it is time to raise their profile.

We therefore are bringing them back for a visit - at least, two of them. Actors will personify the colourful Captain Liardet and his extraordinary wife and cousin, Caroline, as a two-day presence up and down Bay Street, to interact with the public and create historical awareness.

Our event takes place on the 13th and 14th of November. Interacting with the public, Wilbraham and Caroline will promote their original 1840 timber Pier hotel, offering hospitality and handbills designed to impart historical knowledge, and answering basic questions. They will also hand out 'chances' to win a highly sought-after copy of Liardet's Watercolours of Early Melbourne. for which the winning ticket will be drawn on November 14th.

26 Oct 2009 - PMHPS Meeting, 7:30pm
Guest speaker, Ynys Grecian, great-great-granddaughter of WFE Liardet, speaks on her extraordinary family.

13 Oct - 30 Nov 2009 - Exhibition: Those Remarkable Liardets
Opening during City of Port Phillip Seniors Week, this PMHPS exhibition tells the story of our first settlers, the Liardet family leading up to the 170th anniversary of their landing.

28 Sep 2009 - PMHPS Meeting, 7:30pm
Guest speaker, Robin Grow, speaks about the early days of Australian Rules Football

1 Sep 2009 - Navy Memorial for Port Melbourne
Retired Royal Australian Navy Lt-Cdr Mackenzie Gregory has fought for a site in Port Melbourne to erect a memorial statute to the Navy's presence in Port Melbourne. Depicting a sailor, waving with his kitbag slung over his shoulder, the statues is called Answering the Call. Port Phillip Council have approved the site on the beachside nature strip opposite Dow St.

The 2m tall memorial will cost $200,000. Donations can be made on 9510 0128 or macden@melbpc.org.au.

Port Phillip Leader article

24 Aug 2009 - PMHPS AGM
Guest speaker at our AGM, Jenny Lee (author of Making Modern Melbourne) speaks about the settlement of early Melbourne settting the scene for the 170th anniversary of the landing of our first settlers, the Liardets

9 Aug 2009 - In the Footsteps of Liardet
November 2009 is the 170th anniversary of Liardet's landing at the beach in Port Melbourne. As part of the CoPP Heritage Walks program, Janet Bolitho leads a walk following in the footsteps of our first family of settlers, The Liardets.
Bookings are essential on 9209 6522

July 2009 - Vale Syd Ware
Former wharfie and Port footballer, Syd Ware passes away.

17 May 2009 - Fishermen's Bend Walk
Sandridge Ward Councillor, Janet Bolitho leads a walk of Fishermen's Bend manufacturing sites.

16 May 2009 - Victorian Community History Awards
At Parliament House the Victorian Community History Awards ceremony honoured PMH&PS for the third consecutive year. This time we won the Best Exhibition award for our 2008 month of activity celebrating the centenary of the 'Great White Fleet' visit. Here’s how the award citation from Information Victoria put it: ‘Port Melbourne had a problem last year. The Historical Society wanted to stage a Great White Fleet display. But it possessed only one relevant item, a stereograph. So it appealed through a newspaper for more relics.

‘In this way the organisers acquired the loan of thousands of dollars worth of treasured items, including a Yankee uniform from Rosebud, a medallion from Echuca, a souvenir from Portarlington and a 45-star battle flag from Colac. The relics kept rolling in – such things as a watch fob, menus, programs, an oil painting and silver spoons.
‘Volunteers researched and mounted the display in the Port Melbourne Town Hall gallery, and Port Phillip Council paid the bills. A retired naval officer who heads the Naval Heritage Trust was induced to give two lectures.
‘But things didn’t stop there. The Historical Society conducted heritage tours of former naval sites, and it sponsored an old-time magic lantern show for which admittance was a gold coin. Appropriately the takings went to Missions to Seafarers.’

Victorian Community History Award Winners

1 Mar 2009 - Port Melbourne Art Deco Walk
A repeat of Robin Grow's Port Melbourne Art Deco walk due to the popular demand.

15 Feb 2009 - Port Melbourne Art Deco Walk
Robin Grow, President of the Art Deco and Modernism Society, leads a walk around some of Port Melbourne's Art Deco sites.

August-September 2008 - Navy in Port
A month long celebration of the Australian Navy's presence in Port Melbourne on the 100th anniversary of the 1908 visit of America's 'Great White Fleet'.
  • 'Navy in Port' - The Exhibition
    29 Aug to 27 Sep during Library hours

  • 'Naval Gazing' - A walk and talk tour of former Navy sites with Meyer Eidelson
    31 Aug (bookings essential: 9209 6522)

  • "The Victorian Colonial and Royal Australian navies and the Great White Fleet visit to Australia"
    Historical Presentation by Mackenzie Gregory
    3 Sep, 2:30pm in the Supper Room. (note change of value)

  • "From Convict Hulks to U.S. Battle Fleet"
    Award winning Magic Lantern Presentation by Professor Ian Edwards and team
    16 Sep, 7:30pm, Town Hall (gold coin donation)

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July 2008 - Vale
A sad month as we lose two long-term members Ed Whiting and John Saultry.

June 2008 - Victorian Community History Awards
Congratulations to Pat Grainger for Chartered Scoundrels and David Thompson for Port Melbourne 1919-39 who each recieved Commendations in the 2008 Victorian Community History Awards.

2 Feb 2008 - Vale - Ann Smallpage
With great sadness the Society marks the peaceful passing of Ann Smallpage at Bethlehem Hospital. more...

21 Oct 2007 - Gable crashes onto Bay Street
On a hot Sunday afternoon, the gable top of Rene's Dry Cleaners in Bay St collapsed onto the ground drawing patrons from both The Rose and Chequers to see what the commotion was. more...

30 June 2007 - Victorian Community History Awards
The 2007 Victorian Community History Awards were announced at Queen's Hall, Parliament House on Saturday 30 June. PMHPS nominated three of our recent projects and we are proud to say that one recieved a commendation and another one won of the six categories. more...

Feb - May 2007 - Fisher Folk of Fishermans Bend @ RHSV
The Fisher Folk exhibition has moved to the access space at Royal Historical Society of Victoria, 239 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne until end of May 2007.

Sat Feb 10 2007 - Community BBQ for Faram's
Faram Bros. hardware store closed their doors for the final time on Saturday 13th January, 2007. Planning is underway for a community BBQ to celebrate the years of service to Port Melbourne provided by the family. The idea was suggested by Garden City resident Ernie Weston, through Lois Daley. Ernie is helping with the organisation and contributing to the costs. The BBQ has been scheduled for 10th February from 11am outside Faram's.

Mon 23 Oct - 13 Nov 2006 - Fisher Folk of Fishermans Bend Extended until 19 Dec 2006
Exhibition in the gallery at Port Melbourne Library. Free admission. Open during Library hours 23 Oct - 13 Nov.

Wed 1st March 2006 - Bob Gardiner carries Queen's Baton
PMHPS member, Bob Gardiner, represented Australia at the 1964, 1968 & 1972 Olympics and the 1970 Commenwealth Games. On March 1, 2006 he will take part in the Queen's baton relay for the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games. Bob will carry the baton in San Remo.

Wed 15th-25th Feb 2006 - Then and Now, Gasworks Theatre Foyer
To compliment performances of The Borough, the foyer of the Gasworks Theatre will be filled with Port Melbourne nostalgia from local oraganistaions including a Then and Now photographic display by the Society. more...

Wed 15th-25th Feb 2006 - The Borough, Gasworks Theatre
The Borough, a one-act play by Sean Barker based on interviews with past and present Port Melbourne residents looks at how changes to the area has affected the people who live there. more...

Thurs 8 Dec 2005 - Mayor of Port Phillip
PMHPS member Cr. Janet Bolitho has been elected Mayor of the City of Port Phillip for the coming year. more...

Tues 6 Dec 2005 - Heather Wale - Citizen of the Year
PMHPS member Heather Wale has been awarded City of Port Phillip Citizen of the Year for 2005. more...

Mon 17 Oct - Sat 29 Oct 2005 - Port Melbourne Women Exhibition
There's something special about the Women of Port Melbourne. On exhibition at Port Melbourne Town Hall during Library hours, 17th to 29th October 2005. more...

Thu 19 May 2005 - Glen Stuart - Lifetime Achievement Award in the Victorian Museum Sector
Glen Stuart has won the 2005 Museums Australia Industry Recognition Award “for lifetime achievement in the Victorian Museum Sector” recognising his years of committment as a volunteer with the Port of Melbourne, Polly Woodside Maritime Museum and the Port Melbourne Historical and Preservation Society! more...

Tues 27 Apr 2005 - Excelsior Hall Housing Opened
The new low-cost housing redevelopment of Excelsior Hall was offically opened by Deputy Premier, John Thwaites and Minister for Housing Candy Broad. Port Phillip Mayor, Darren Ray and Deputy Mayor Janet Bolitho also spoke at the opening with Janet launching our latest publication The Story of Excelsior Hall. Monash Province MP, Johan Scheffer also attended as did former Port Melbourne Councillors Jim Mitchell, Liana Thompson and Perce White.

12 Sep 2004 - Happy Birthday, Melbourne and Hobsons Bay Railway
We join the celebrations of 150 years since the grand opening of the railway and pier. Events are held on Station Pier, the Town Hall, up and down the railway reserves, at the Immigration Museum and then some.

Aug 2004 - PMHPS AGM
Our guest, Peter Bedford remembers growing up in Port Melbourne and brings his Brownlow Medal for us all to see.

25 Aug 2003 - PMHPS AGM
Our AGM at Port Melbourne Uniting Church includes displays from our First Ten Years, Foundation Secretary Wendy Morris and Foundation President Perce White remembering the foundation of the Port Melbourne Historical and Preservation Society particularily the inclusion of the word Preservation and we hear about 150 Years of Church Life in Port Melbourne from guest speaker Dr Ian Breward.

Mar 2004 - Vale Ted Kobelt
We are saddened by the sudden death of Vice President Ted Kobelt.

Jan 2003 - Vale Les Profitt and Ron Laing
We mark the loss of valued members Les Profitt and Ron Laing. Ron has donated more that two thousand of Port Melbourne to our collection.

Sep 2002 - Vale Sister Norma Barnett
Port Melbourne mourns the lose of Sister Norma Barnett.

Aug 2002 - PMHPS AGM
Our guest Max Nicholson talks about entertainment in the 1940s and we enjoy a slide show featuring images from Glen Stuart's private collection and Robyn Clynch's At Home in Port series.
Mar 2002 - Olive's Memorial
A memorial to Olive Zakharov is unveiled at Olive's corner near the corner of Bay & Liardet Sts.

Mar 2002 - Port Festival
We hold a final Back to Port display at the old Masonic Hall before it is sold for redevelopment. The Great CoverUp an exhibition of many and varied aprons is a highlight.

Many members are photographed by Robyn Clinch for At Home in Port, presented as a slide show during the Festival.

Aug 2001 - PMHPS AGM

24/25 Mar 2001 - Back to Postwar Port Exhibition
We present the Back to Postwar Port exhibition as part of the Port Melbourne Community Festival.

Aug 2000 - PMHPS AGM
Deputy-Premier and local MP, John Thwaites, is our guest speaker.

May 2000 - Town Hall Lift
The long anticipated lift is now working at the Port Melbourne Town Hall making access to our rooms so much easier.

Apr 2000 - The Council Like Us
The Society receive a commendation from City of Port Phillip council for good work in the community.

Mar 2000 - sPort Stuff
With the Port Melbourne Festival at Edwards Park, we present a two-day Back to Port - sPort Stuff at the Masonic Hall borrowing memorabilia and photos from local sports clubs, identities and members.

Dec 1999 - Vale Nancy U'Ren
Nancy U'Ren, co-author of A History of Port Melbourne passes away on christmas morning.

Nov 1999 - Holy Trinity Fig Tree
The fig tree growing at Holy Trinity is wantonly destroyed.

Nov 1999 - Olive's Corner
The small park at the corner of Bay & Liardet Sts is proclaimed Olive's Corner in memory of Olive Zakharov.

13/14 Nov 1999 - Lee-ar-day Days
We celebrate the 160th anniversary of Wilbraham & Caroline Liardet's landing at Sandridge with a Lee-ar-day Days events.

Aug 1999 - PMHPS AGM
Commodore Michelle Meehan addresses the AGM on the rebuilding of the Port Melbourne Yacht Club.

Mar 1999 - Back to Port
Our Back to Port display at the Town Hall as part of the '99 Port Melbourne Festival is all about Port in the 1930s.

Nov 1998 - GMH Celebrate their 50th Anniversary
Wendy Morris, company archivist, and Pat Grainger on our behalf, attend the 50th anniversary celebrations at Holden. Holden subsequently present PMHPS with their history, Heart of the Lion.

22 Sep to 4 Nov 1998 - Lurking in Lanes Exhibition at PMTH
We are most gratified with our contribution to the CoPP's exhibition Lurking in Lanes - A Back Fence History of the Lanes and Little Streets of Port Phillip.

Aug 1998 - PMHPS AGM
City of Port Phillip Mayor, Dick Gross, is guest at our AGM.

Jun 1998 - Rotunda added to Heritage Register
Heritage Victoria adds the Rotunda to the Heritage Register declaring its statewide significance as one of Victoria's earliest memorials of WWI.

May 1998 - Port RSL Closes
Reaching the end of their lease, remaining Port Melbourne RSL members hold a final meeting in Excelsior Hall.

Mar 1998 - Back to Port
We present Back to Port Day at the Town Hall as part of the '98 Port Melbourne Festival.

Feb 1998 - Holy Trinity Baptismal Font
With assistance from Ron Stranks, Jim Hillis completes restoration of Holy Trinity's baptismal font in the Spring St foyer of the Town Hall.

Jan 1998 - Vale Len Simnett
Len Simnett, Faram Bros worker and possibly Port's last cooper, passes away.

Nov 1997 - Mission to Seamens Cornerstones to be incorporated into new sea wall
The City of Port Phillip agrees to mount our Missions to Seamen cornerstones into a new sea wall across from the former Seamen's Institute which was at the corner of Beach & Nott Sts (Fox Hay building).

25 Aug 1997 - PMHPS AGM
Noel Turnbull, author of The Millenium Edge and co-author of A History of Port Melbourne tells members what to expect of the coming century.

July 1997 - Holy Trinity Pulpit
Jim Hillis completes the restoration of the Holy Trinity pulpit and with the help of Glen Cosham, Glen Stuart and Ron Stranks muscles it upstairs for display in the corridor outside the Council Chamber. Jim also places pews on loan to local businesses and one in the Town Hall foyer.

Feb 1997 - Port Melbourne Festival
We have a fundraising stall and a Then and Now photo exhibition at Port Melbourne Festival in Edwards Park.

Dec 1996 - Vale Tommy Lahiff
With deep regret the Society marks the passing of Port Melbourne Football Club legend Tommy Lahiff.

Nov 1996 - Genealogical Database
Peter Libbis begins to compile a genealogical database by entering baptismal and marriage records from Holy Trinity.

26 Aug 1996 - PMHPS AGM
Arnold Goetz presents to the Society the pawnbroker's pledge books from the 1890s found on his Bay St premises (once Johnny Alsports Pawnbrokers).

May 1996 - Our New Home
After two years at St Joseph's Church primary school we are offered space at Port Melbourne Town Hall. Our sincere thanks go to St Joseph's for allowing us to use three former classrooms and thanks also to the City of Port Phillip for providing space for our new home.

Oct 1995 - Missions to Seamen building demolished
Missions to Seamen building in Beach Rd is demolished. Developer Mirvac bring us three cornerstones and Harry Norris-designed wave motif ventilator covers from the building. All but two of the covers we donate to the Art Deco Society.

Aug 1995 - Dredging, Draining, Dipping & Shipping Exhibition
Dredging, Draining, Dipping & Shipping - A History of the Foreshore and Low-Lying Lands of the City of Port Phillip exhibition on-show at Port Melbourne Town Hall. The Society made a significant contribution to this CoPP exhibition. It has already been to Tasmania and South Melbourne and after us it will go to St Kilda.

May 1995 - Liardet Watercolours
Victoria's complete collection of watercolours by Wilbraham Liardet are exhibited at Waverley City Gallery. It is the first time they have ever been exhibited.

May 1995 - Vale Tom Hills
Port stalwart and member, Tom Hills, former wharfie and co-author of Under the Hook passes away aged 91.

Mar 1995 - Vale Olive Sakharov
Member, Senator Olive Zakharov, passes away almost a month after being stuck by a car on St Kilda Rd.

22 Aug 1994 - PMHPS AGM
Liardet descendent Dawn Harris addresses our AGM.

Aug 1994 - Cataloguing our Collection
Museum Australia conducts cataloguing training for us at St Joseph's and the we start to catalogue our collection.

Jun 1994 - Sunday Meeting
We hold a Sunday afternoon meeting for those people who prefer not to attend evening meetings.

26 June 1994 - City of Port Melbourne Wake
Port Melbourne Council hold a wake for the city asking us to prepare a comprehensive historical display for the event. Bay St photographer, John Kirby, takes the last photo of Port Melbourne from a cherry picker as residents (past and present) assemble in front of the Town Hall.

Two days later Council is dismissed and the new City of Port Phillip is put under the control of Commissioners appointed by the Kennett Government.

May 1994 - Amalgamation!
The Kennett State Government announces that as part of a rearrangement of local government across Victoria we will be amalgamated with South Melbourne and St Kilda.

Apr 1994 - Our 100th Member
Glen Cosham becomes our 100th member.

Apr 1994 - Our Temporary Home
St Joseph's Church (through the efforts of member JIm Power) kindly allow us to use three classrooms in its discontinued primary school as our temporary home allowing us room to store our growing collection and space for on-going cataloguing, conservation and research.

Jan 1994 - Rate Rich Fishermen's Bend
Port Melbourne's most lucrative portion of Fishermen's Bend is confiscated and given to Melbourne.

Sep 1993 - Liana becomes our Patron
Port Melbourne Mayor, Liana Thompson becomes our Patron.

Sep 1993 - Inaugural Meeting
At the first meeting of PMHPS members elect Perce White as President, Wendy Morris as Secretary and Pat Grainger (in her absence on holiday) as Treasurer.

4 Aug 1993 - Public Meeting
Port Melbourne Historical and Preservation Society is founded in response to the imminent amalgamation with the cities of South Melbourne and St Kilda. Thirty Seven members join on the night.