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Port Melbourne Historical & Preservation Society Port Melbourne, Vic 3207

A voluntary, incorporated, non-profit group of over 200 memberships, based at the Port Melbourne Town Hall and dedicated to collecting, preserving and making accessible the history and heritage of Port Melbourne

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P. O. Box 552 Port Melbourne 3207 Port Melbourne Victoria 3207 (map)
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+61 03 9646 9360 (primarily unattended; leave message if so)

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Opening Hours

10 am to 1 pm on Tuesdays, or by appointment

Entry Fee

Free. Research for non-members: donation

Location

Port Melbourne Town Hall 333 Bay Street (or Library entrance in Spring Street) Port Melbourne Vic 3207

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Items related to the history of Sandridge/Port Melbourne and limited to municipal borders as defined at January 1994
Date range 1839 to present
Original documents and images, and copied or digital documents and images, plus objects of social, sporting and industrial interest

Significance

Documents and paper records make up a large proportion of the collection. Many of these items relate to the development of Port Melbourne, its infrastructure, commerce, industry, churches, schools. Many of these are considered to be of high significance and rarity locally. Some may to be of wider significance however further research across more inner Melbourne collections would be needed to verify this. The valuation books and some other local government material are often used for research purposes. Some collections hold significant information that is not available anywhere else. Some of the items have traceable links to various identities in the community throughout the colourful history of Port Melbourne. A large number of the photographs are original and are of high local significance. Many families can identify their parents and grandparents in these images. Objects in the collection are few in number - they include small badges, honour boards, J Kitchen & Sons/Lever & Kitchen equipment and products, kitchen ware made at Commonwealth Aircraft Factory, uniforms, sporting memorabilia, pawnbroker records.

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Tender from J. Seccull

Port Melbourne Historical & Preservation Society, Port Melbourne

Tender from J. Seccull for design and building of weatherboard villas at Port Melbourne, including specification and three designs, 1924.

Contract

Port Melbourne Historical & Preservation Society, Port Melbourne

Handwritten Contract of supply of gas to Port Melbourne 1886 - South suburban Gas Company Limited

Inscriptions & Markings

Blind embossed company seal.

Photo Album

Port Melbourne Historical & Preservation Society, Port Melbourne

Photo album of 48 photos and 18 loose photos of projects undertaken by Charles Wynn Kiver Allison M.I.E.A. Namely the New Pier (Princes), Railway Pier, Williamstown, Centre Pier in Victoria Dock, and the Interstate Swinging Basin (near Charles Grimes Bridge) in Yarra River 1920s.

Minute Book

Port Melbourne Historical & Preservation Society, Port Melbourne

Council of the Borough of Sandridge . Minutes of the proceedings of the Public Works Committee April 1864 to September 1865

Bon voyage card - R.M.S. Otway

Port Melbourne Historical & Preservation Society, Port Melbourne

Large, round-cornered piece of grey cardboard, hand- painted in colour with illustrations of the ship RMS Otway under sail, seagull, black swan, Australian flag and decorative icon, and hand-lettered with ship name and a four-line poem of farewell, and signed by F.J.E. 1914

Historical information

This farewell sentiment was presented to an unknown person departing on a long voyage on the RMS Otway in 1914. (Unknown whether this voyage was related to WWI.) Kept in the archives of the Douglas Smallpage family of 52 Crichton Avenue, Garden City, one of the first families to move into a State Bank of Victoria 'Bank House'. Donated by Ann Smallpage to the PMH&PS in 2002.

Significance

Relates to the Port Melbourne piers.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten "Though Leagues of Sea divide us / True friendship has no end Though you are not beside us / we will think of you Old Friend"

Spoon

Port Melbourne Historical & Preservation Society, Port Melbourne

Sterling silver teaspoon given as Rifle Club award for 'spoon competition', 1911. Housed in a cream-coloured box with scalloped, see-though lid, lined with dark red tissue.

Historical information

We were contacted by a New Zealand craftswoman who makes wind-chimes of silver-plated spoons, to say she'd come across this one - were we interested? Email correspondence resulted in a trade of the spoon for a calendar and copy of "They Can Carry Me Out"

Inscriptions & Markings

Engraved: 'Port Melb R.C / J.T. O'Brien / 13.5.11'

Nott Street Old Boys Honour Roll

Port Melbourne Historical & Preservation Society, Port Melbourne

Nott Street Old Boys Honour (Honor) Roll: Several dozen notes handwritten on various slips of paper and sent by families of boys who served, to the school for inclusion into 1931.01 and .03. Some give details of medals, deaths etc. Among these are .05 - a letter from Miss Hopkins and tickets for .06- State School benefit and .07 - "A Picture Show" and a scribbled order of service.

Historical information

Information from these notes is entered into 1931.03, temporary Honor Roll, but not into the larger (,01) Roll of Honor Book - apparently an unfinished project. This material was hidden within the large wooden Honor Roll now in the foyer of Port Melbourne Town Hall.

Photograph

Port Melbourne Historical & Preservation Society, Port Melbourne

Photograph mounted on board of Bay Street shops, 1875: - original Charles Nettleton print showing west side of Bay Street: Collings & Son, Butcher; Cranston, Paperhanger; Mrs T Clay; Johnny Allsort's Pawn Office; H. Davenport, Clothing; G. Ransom, Hardware; A.E. Aiken, Auctioneer; Mrs A. Brown, Haberdashery, F.C. Forster; Marshal, Printer; John Parry (or Barry), General Store; E & M Rice. The house is on the site of the 1912 Post Office.

Historical information

This photograph was taken by Charles Nettleton (1826-1902), a prominent Melbourne photographer who recorded the city’s rapid growth from a small town into a metropolis. He was the special photographer for the government and the Melbourne Corporation, and documented of the built environment and major public works throughout Melbourne from when he arrived to Victoria in 1854. Nettleton is credited for having photographed the first Australian steam train, the Melbourne-Sandridge (Port Melbourne) line, which opened in 12 September 1854; the first cricket team to come to Australia on the ss Great Britain in 1861; and Ned Kelly while Nettleton worked as a police photographer. Donated to the Port Melbourne Historical and Preservation Society by the Port Melbourne City Council.

Significance

This photograph is an example of the documentation taken by notable photographer Charles Nettleton (1826-1902), who recorded the city’s rapid growth from a small town into a metropolis. It shows several significant shops to Port Melbourne owned by key figures in the local community.

Envelopes from letters sent by sailor Ernie Wilson

Port Melbourne Historical & Preservation Society, Port Melbourne

Set of four 'on active service' envelopes from letters sent by sailor Ernie Wilson to his mother in Graham Street during WWII, hand decorated with coloured cartoons of himself at work on his ship.

Historical information

Kept by Hazel Trembath Wilson, Ernie's wife, and donated with a number of other items after Hazel moved to a nursing home.

Inscriptions & Markings

Official postmarks, stamps e.g Censor

Booklet

Port Melbourne Historical & Preservation Society, Port Melbourne

Wesleyan Cricket Association Season 1898-99. Fixture of matches-scores noted on last spread and losers crossed out on center spreads over 12 pages, handwritten on printed cotton paper with cotton binding.

Historical information

Dug up in the back yard at 78 Station St, Port Melbourne during renovations and donated to PMHPS

Scrapbook

Port Melbourne Historical & Preservation Society, Port Melbourne

Scrapbook compiled by Hazel Trembath Wilson during the 1930s; illustrates a young girl's interests i.e. many pictures cut out of newspapers and magazines and pasted into book.

Historical information

Following Hazel Wilson's move to a nursing home, neighbour Peter Libbis and her newphew Wayne Pendlebury donated to the society a number of items she left behind. Hazel, aged 5, was one of 3 little girls who presented a beautiful workbox for Princess Elizabeth to the Duchess of York in 1927. Perhaps this stimulated her interest in the young princesses, although this was typical of young girls of the period.

Pressure cooker

Port Melbourne Historical & Preservation Society, Port Melbourne

Pressure cooker with the logo of CAC (Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation) on inside of lid.

Inscriptions & Markings

Logo on inside of lists "CA" superimposed over outline of bird.

Pledge Book

Port Melbourne Historical & Preservation Society, Port Melbourne

'Particulars of pledges' register from pawn shop Johnny Allsorts of Bay Street. Dark blue fabric cover bound in leather. One of three from the 1890s, this from 22/04/1891 to 23/03/1892.

Historical information

Kept by Robert Powell at 175 Bay Street, Port Melbourne, and discovered c1980 at rear of the premises 173 by Arnold Goetz of Alfred Nott when moving in. (Fred Nicolas, Chemist, had been previous occupant for 50 years).

Trolley, shopping

Port Melbourne Historical & Preservation Society, Port Melbourne

Hand-made shopping trolley (or jeep). Construction: wooden frame, three-ply metal arms, wooden handle, rear cloth pocket, pram wheels, metal foot plate with Dunlop "kromhyo" kick plate, metal bands top and bottom.

Historical information

Given to Barbara Nugent by local male resident in 1980s. Displayed at the heritage exhibition, Seaman's Mission, 1988.

Scrapbook kept by Captain George Harrry Gray

Port Melbourne Historical & Preservation Society, Port Melbourne

Scrapbook of newspaper clippings of various events and stories on Port Philip Bay steamers and shipping events in general 1888 to 1976. Kept by Captain George Harry Gray who was skipper on the Bay steamers Hygeia & Weeroona.

Inscriptions & Markings

Signatures possibly by other bay steamers or crew members of Gray's ship.

Facsimile - Final Welcome Home to our Returned Soldiers, Saturday, 14 February, 8 p.m.

Port Melbourne Historical & Preservation Society, Port Melbourne

Colour facsimile of Graham Street Methodist School program for 'Final Welcome Home to our Returned Soldiers', Saturday 14.02.1920 - lists those who served and died. Double sided colour photocopy of programme for Welcome Home to our Returned Soldiers. Yellow background with border including yellow wattle and white ribbons. Printing in blue.

Historical information

This photocopy of the programme records the details of the Welcoming Home ceremony for the returned Soldiers from WW1, held at the Methodist School Hall in Graham Street, Port Melbourne. The programme lists the names of some of those who served and returned from WW1 and honours "Our Fallen Heroes" from the Port Melbourne area. Chaired by Rev. J. Trathan

Inscriptions & Markings

THE GREAT WAR 1914-19 / Final Welcome Home to our Returned Soldiers / Saturday, 14th February, 1920 8 p.m. / In the Graham Street, Methodist School Hall / Programme / Our Fallen Heros / Thanksgiving Service / Names on Honor Rolls.

Woolbale hooks

Port Melbourne Historical & Preservation Society, Port Melbourne

Four (4) Waterside worker's wool bale hooks made of steel and wood.

Dance program

Port Melbourne Historical & Preservation Society, Port Melbourne

Dance program from the Sandridge Marine Lodge Masonic Ball, November 1878, manufactured with printed letter press on 4 page off-white card. Program has only 5 dances filled. Very fine woven cord attached, but no pencil.

Inscriptions & Markings

Dances filled: Scott, etc in pencil

Harper's spice packs . Ground nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger

Port Melbourne Historical & Preservation Society, Port Melbourne

Set of three spice cylinder tin containers with coloured labels and and filled with original spice contents.

Historical information

These spice products were made by Robert Harper & Co Ltd., which was established in 1865 and originally located in Flinders Lane, East Melbourne. The company transferred its operations to Port Melbourne in 1888 and became a registered company in 1896. Harper's & Co manufactured starch and a wide range of food product.

Significance

Relates to the food processing and manufacturing industry in Port Melbourne.

Inscriptions & Markings

1. Printed paper coloured label. 'Harper's / 2 Oz Net / Ground / Nutmeg' 2. Printed paper coloured label. 'Haper's / 1 3/8 Oz Net / Ground / Cinnamon' 3. Printed paper label. 'Harper's / star brand / Ground Spices / Ginger / 1 Oz Net Weight / Robert Harper and Company Limited / Incorporated in Victoria / Australia'

Mayoral Badge

Port Melbourne Historical & Preservation Society, Port Melbourne

Gold coloured Enamelled Mayoral Pin and circular medallion, depicting the City of Port Melbourne Crest on the medallion, with a name bar reading Liana Thompson Mayor.

Historical information

The badge worn by Liana Thompson, the last Mayor of the City of Port Melbourne, prior to the amalgamation with South Melbourne and St Kilda, to form the City of Port Phillip in 1994. When democracy resumed two years later, Liana Thompson was elected the first Mayor of the amalgamated City of Port Phillip.

Significance

Of local historical significance, as it was worn by the last mayor of the City of Port Melbourne prior to council amalgamations in 1994.

Plan - Triumphal arches design plan

Port Melbourne Historical & Preservation Society, Port Melbourne

Hand drawn pencil and coloured ink design for triumphal arches in Bay Street, Sandridge (with measurements for Fountain Inn, Bridge Street and Liardet Street locations) for 1867 visit of Prince Alfred.

Historical information

Drawn for the Council Committee for reception of Prince Alfred, October 1867.

Inscriptions & Markings

Measurements noted in pencil.

Photograph of Port Melbourne Football team

Port Melbourne Historical & Preservation Society, Port Melbourne

Capstan Cigarettes photo of Port Melbourne Football side, 1910.

Inscriptions & Markings

Received from Port Melbourne Library, 17/07/1978. Also surnames of players in pencil.

Book - rat catchers - Rats Cash Book

Port Melbourne Historical & Preservation Society, Port Melbourne

Dark green book with red spine binding; white label on front cover. 93 cash book pages listing dates, hand written names and money paid at Town Hall for rats caught in Port Melbourne. Those who caught rats signed their names and many signatures appear to be those of children. Prices began at 3d a rat then reduced to 2d. A total of rats was recorded for each year.

Historical information

A record of payment by City of Port Melbourne for rats caught by the public from June 15 1903 to May 3 1904. Many of the signatures appear to be those of children who received 2 or 3 pennies per rat.

Significance

This item is of social and scientific significance as it records the importance of small amounts of money to families in the early 1900's in Port Melbourne and thus also gives a comment on public hygiene.

Ledger Book

Port Melbourne Historical & Preservation Society, Port Melbourne

Wages schedule for Stone Breakers, for work and labour done for the Town of Port Melbourne Council from 31 October 1911 to 11 February 1919. Many signatures of the workers and details of hours worked, rates and wages paid.

Historical information

Salvaged from material not required by City of Port Melbourne Council after amalgamation