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.

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

186 Dow St, Port Melbourne

February 2021

A proposal has been received to construct a single dwelling on the allotment.

10 September 2016

This rare vacant site was sold by Frank Gordon for $2,055,000. It has a 10.06 m frontage and is 30.18m deep.

The site was offered for the first time in 112 years.

The 'scarcity of land unencumbered by a heritage overlay' was noted as an attraction to purchasers.

September 2016

The site has lain empty since 1997 - nearly twenty years. It was formerly the home of Jack and Phyllis Nicholls. 

Phillicia Batty was born in Dow St to Emily and Roy Batty in 1924. She was a pupil at St Joseph's School on the corner of Rouse and Bay St and later became a teacher there, probably until she married John Nicholls in 1948. It was the custom at the school for parents to volunteer assistance, and fathers would always serve as the sport coaches. In 1958 when a coach quit and no other stepped up to take on the footy team 'Phil' Nicholls volunteered.  She was an effective coach who was respected by the players.  (source: Port Melbourne Historical and Preservation Society 2021 calendar)

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