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.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

134 - 142 Ferrars St, South Melbourne

April 2020

The development is now known as Montague Square.

This is what is being built:
  • A 19 storey building containing 107 apartments over 17 levels
  • 2 storey above ground car parking for 86 vehicles & 196 bicycles

Builder: Element Five

March 2019

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

The site from neighbouring South Melbourne Primary School

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 is the developer, Rothelowman the architects.

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

In February 2000, the site was sold for $2,250,000, and in November 1983 for $952,000. (source: realestate.com)

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.

lathe & plaster revealed

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)