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.

Monday, April 13, 2015

53-63 Bridge St, Port Melbourne

January 2018

Extensive renovations underway.

January 2018

May 2017

Wallpaper is revealed as the rear of the building is removed.




29 January 2017

Revealing the roof


53-63 Bridge St - January 2017

10 April 2016

The planning permit phase 


53-63 Bridge St - April 2016
Planning Application No 179/2016 has been lodged for partial demolition and construction of alterations and additions of ground and first floor additions to the rear of the existing four single storey dwellings.

Source: City of Port Phillip planning permit register

11 May 2015


The houses sold on 9 May for $3,690,000.

9 April 2015
These three houses had not been offered for sale since 1959.

The houses were sold to Robert and Ella Atkinson by James George McCormack and William Thomas McCormack - associated with the nearby Cricketers Arms Hotel.

On 25 August 1967, the Housing Commission wrote to Mr Atkinson advising that under Section 56 of the Housing Act, the premises at 53, 55, 57, 59 and 63 Bridge St 'did not comply in certain respects to the Housing (Standards of Habitation) Regulations.'

He was instructed to bring the housing up to the Housing Commission's acceptable standards.

By 1971 Mr Atkison  had made sufficient improvements for the Housing Commission to write again saying that ‘in view of the overall improvement in these properties, commission interest could now cease.'

Source: PROV VPRS 1824/P/0000 - 000042

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