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Port Melbourne Historical & Preservation Society

Port Melbourne Town Hall 333 Bay Street Port Melbourne Phone: 03 9646 9360 (unattended) Visit Website

A voluntary, incorporated, non-profit group of 170 memberships, based at the Port Melbourne Town Hall and dedicated to collecting, preserving and making accessible the history and heritage of Port Melbourne

Our Collection

Items related to the history of Sandridge/Port Melbourne and limited to 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

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.

Bayside Project Collection 1985 to 1996

Country's largest collection relating to the 1980s/1990s development of former port, rail and industrial areas around Station and Princew Piers, with the archives from community and government involvement

J Kitchen & Sons Collection 1855 to 2013

Some contents of the company museum and archives that were acquired when the firm closed operation in Port Melbourne after 157 years. Comprehensive records of factory buildings, products et cetera.

Major local employer and leading Australian manufacturer of candles, soaps and other related products in 19th to 21at centuries

Alison Kelly Collection

Details of heritage elements of Port Melbourne c1990, in particular the 'Bayside' site: piers, Centenary Bridge etc and featuring the Harry Norris Missions to Seamen's building, including activities of the Mission Arts Centre, 1987 to '92, Bicentennial celebrations 1988

Records historic elements now demolished in order to create Australia's largest urban development project (at that date) -- including Australia's most extensive environmental cleanup on the polluted former BP site.

Ron Laing collection

Over a thousand progressive photographs of Port Melbourne development 1984 to 2001, plus shipping at Port Melbourne piers

These photographs record existing structures, their progressive demolition and the rebuilding and completion of replacement structures for all building sites around Port Melbourne from 1984 and until the death of the photographer in 2002 -- including some of the environmental cleanup on the former BP site.