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.

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.'

More

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 





Saturday, February 23, 2019

51-59 Thistlethwaite St, South Melbourne

March 2019

The site has been cleared, and construction of Lilix has commenced.

looking towards Thistlethwaite St from the City Road end

Lilix 'will become part of the fabric of South Melbourne, perfectly positioned in the emerging Montague precinct where the area's eclectic industrial past is giving way to new parks, schools and contemporary living'. (source: Lilix)

Lilix is a project of Spec Property.


from commencing soon to building commenced - March 2019


August 2018

The site at 51-59 Thistlethwaite St has been cleared in readiness for construction.

  • Floor count: 8
  • Dwellings: 148
  • Developer: SPEC property

formerly Tyres Plus, also fronting City Road

2017




2016

permite approved site for sale 2016

9 December 2015

51-59 Thistlethwaite St and 486 City Rd, South Melbourne

This application, first lodged with Council on 19 January 2015 was to
  • construct a mixed use, 4, 7, 13 and 16 level building containing retail and commercial tenancies,
  • 258 (126 x 1BR, 109 x 2BR inc. 6 SoHo, and 23 x 3BR) dwellings, community spaces including a toy library, and car and bicycle parking, 
City of Port Phillip planning report 9 December 2015

1994

The site was sold for $572,000. (source Domain)