Evolving Port

Port Melbourne and Fishermans Bend continue to change. Houses are changed or demolished and new forms of housing take their place. Port Houses records some of these changes.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

134 - 142 Ferrars St, South Melbourne

March 2019

The buildings on site at 134 - 142 Ferrars St have been demolished. Only the sub-station remains.

Cleared site cnr Ferrars and Thistlethewaite Sts March 2019

April 2017

After four years, a permit* has been granted for this site. Down from the originally proposed 49 storeys, the building is now approved at 18 storeys and includes 17 three bedroom homes and 6 affordable housing units to be managed by a housing association.

US technology company Sunguard Availability Services won the permit.

This site is immediately opposite the new South Melbourne Primary School – Ferrars St.

*permit 2013/000088 was granted on 10 April 2017

28 April 2013

Not unexpectedly, the Port Phillip Council did not support the proposal for a 49 storey development at 134 – 142 Ferrars St, and has asked the Minister for Planning to refuse the application.

134 - 142 Ferrars St in April 2013
Not unexpected because the proposal failed the Council’s assessment on a range of tests. Most importantly that it greatly exceeded the height and scale preferred in the Council’s adopted Montague Structure Plan.

The environmental performance of the proposal was not considered adequate. The proposal was assessed against the Montague Structure Plan in the absence of a plan for the Fishermans Bend Urban Renewal Area (FBURA). There is also no development contribution plan in place.

The planning report recommended that no permit should be granted until such a plan is in place and added that ‘this is preferable than piecemeal agreements between the Minster for Planning and developers, which may result in ad-hoc, uncoordinated and inconsistent works within the FBURA'.

July 2012

The 1,970 m2 site was sold for $3,036,000

37 - 47 Thistlethwaite St, South Melbourne

17 March 2019

The possibilities.

for sale: 37-47 Thistlethwaite St


According to Colliers, a local developer has purchased the site for $7,525,000 on behalf of a private owner-occupier following strong interest from multiple bidders. 

The site sold without a permit but with an architect-designed concept plan for an eight-level development of 84 apartments.

22 June 2016

Con Gallin music retailer and vintage guitar collector is selling this site. The site houses a two-level warehouse and office, which act as the support office for music instrument retailer Allans Billy Hyde. Mr Gallin bought the chain from receivers in 2012.

He sold his collection of famous guitars – including those used by the likes of Paul McCartney and Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page – for $1.5 million in 2014. (source Financial Review 10 08 2016)

Colliers is handling the sale by EOI closing 22 July at 3pm. 

The Thistlethwaite Street site last sold for $3.6 million in mid-2007.

  • 1,237m2
  • architect's concept for 84 apartments
  • 3 street frontages

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

78 Princes St, Port Melbourne

February 2019

Came across this 1995 photograph of 78 Princes St at the Port Melbourne Historical and Preservation Society.

The photograph was taken for a dilapidation report undertaken by Mirvac in preparation for the construction of Beacon Cove.

78 Princes St 1995

Saturday, March 2, 2019

108 Dow St, Port Melbourne

Late flowering 

The home of Kelvin Edwin McIntosh who was born and died in this house. (29 05 1942 to 22 02 2018)

This cactus, bursting out of its pot, flowered magnificently in February.

February 2019

Kelvin liked to sit on the verandah of the house and watch the world go by - and offer his thoughts on the world too.


PORTogether Meet one of Port Melbourne's Kids - Kelvin McIntosh

86 Princes St, Port Melbourne

February 2019

The site is cleared.

The site at 86 Princes St is cleared 

January 2019

On my morning walk, saw 86 Princes St being deconstructed. Over the past year, it has been gradually disappearing behind vines, signalling that demolition was nigh.

morning of 15 January 2019
A permit was issued on the 22 January 2018 for the demolition of the house and the construction of a three storey dwelling with a two storey garage/studio to the rear of the site. (Application No 552/2017)

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Army and Navy Hotel, Port Melbourne

December 2018

A private auction was held on 1 December. The property sold on 27 December 2018.

4 May 2013

After lying neglected and ignored for almost twenty years, the heritage listed Army and Navy Hotel has metamorphosed into some very sophisticated townhouses, now for sale. This photograph precedes the change.

Dow St was a centre of activity for the Naval Brigades that preceded formation of the Australian Navy. The great apprehension of a Russian invasion galvanised the Brigades.

Here is just a snippet to convey the presence of Navy in Dow St:

'The Sandridge Corps of the Naval Brigade paraded on Friday at the drill room in Dow Street for official inspection. A hundred members were present … and the men went to quarters. The guns were all cast loose and run out, guns on both sides manned; broadside and independent firing was practised. The Officer in Command was Capt Steele assisted by Capt Johnson and Lieuts Swallow and Smith.'

A letter to The Age (14 01 1933) recalls some of the early settlers, including

'Captain Harry Hall (who) signalled his retirement from the sea by conducting the dual businesses of a sand contractor and a publican. He kept the Army and Navy Hotel in Dow-street, opposite the old drill hall.'


Visit the Victorian Heritage Database for a photograph that captures the presence of the Army and Navy Hotel.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

73 Heath St, Port Melbourne

February 2019

The house at 73 Heath St has been demolished. Gone for now - but not for long as it will be re-constructed.

It was found that the hipped-roof front section was in such poor structural condition it could not be brought up to modern standards to meet building regulations and energy requirements.  Port Phillip Council building surveyors supported the demolition.

The cottage, with its slate roof and chimney will be reinstated, along with its double-hung windows. A more street sympathetic fence will enable a two way interaction between the house and the street.

73 Heath St, Port Melbourne