Evolving Port

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

22 June 2013

Queens Terrace, Port Melbourne

June 2013

Queens Terrace, Nott St, Port Melbourne

Queens Terrace forms an identical pair of terraces with Jubilee Terrace. They were built in 1887 for agent Alexander Gunn and named in honour of the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria's accession. 

Both Queens Terrace and Jubilee Terrace comprise an intact continuous single storey group of seven. Each terrace has an ununsual central pedimental motif containing the terrace name. 

Together, they provide the best example of single storey terrace housing in Port Melbourne, according to the Port Melbourne Conservation Study prepared by Jacob Lewis Vines in July 1979

This picture was taken in the afternoon after the solstice.

17 June 2013

98 Princes St, Port Melbourne

August 2019

The house references shipping containers, I am told.

August 2019

June 2016

June 2015
The house at 98 Princes St has been demolished.
June 2015
14 January 2015
We last reported on 98 Princes St when the house was sold after Sylvia Gleeson died. Her family operated the eastern kiosk on Station Pier from 1933 to 1971.
It’s about to be woken from its rest with an application to demolish the house to construct a two storey dwelling with a two story garage/studio at the rear. (City of Port Phillip Ref No 588/2014)
A life lived in 98 Princes St
98 Princes St was sold on 4 May 2013. Sylvia Gleeson lived in that house until she died. Her family operated the eastern kiosk on Station Pier from 1933 to 1971. She recalls
"Well, really, it was long hours - you had to be open before the stevedores started work, before seven; and in the summertime you'd be open until 1 or 2 in the morning to pay for your rent during winter, when there wasn't any customers, beachwise.

My father used to push a barrow ... up to the pier five days per week to sell hot pies, sandwiches, chocolate, biscuits, soft drinks, cigarettes and koala bears for travelers and wharf workers, tally clerks. Customs men, at the bottom of the stairs. I used to relieve him for his lunch break - I'd ride up to the pier on my bike and he would ride back to the shop.

When the migrants arrived here after the war, relatives - especially Italian - would buy large blocks of Cadbury chocolate, six or ten at a time, to throw up to the rails of ships where relatives were waiting to come ashore through Customs."
These are just some snippets that Sylvia told in They Can Carry Me Out: Memories of Port Melbourne.

They Can Carry Me Out: Memories of Port Melbourne Vintage Port: 'Worth Preserving' 1991 p74/5

12 June 2013


Bridge St
I am especially fond of this pair of houses on the corner of Bridge and Lyons St - on the edge of the former Sandridge Lagoon. The shop on the right is a tailor. It is like a museum piece. The verandahs bear the Port Melbourne crest.


Californian bungalows in Stokes St