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.

30 October 2021

378 - 382 Bay St, Port Melbourne

30 October 2021

378 Bay St sold at auction for $2.2 million with more than 110 people looking on. The auction followed the easing of Melbourne's lockdown the preceding evening. The property had been in the hands of the same family for 37 years.

378 - 382 Bay St, Port Melbourne

This handsome threesome of houses at the northern end of Bay St were constructed in 1900. The tree obscures some of the details described in the citation below.
"The allotment was purchased from the Crown by T Fordham. By February 1900 the land was owned by James McLaughlan, of Howe Crescent, South Melbourne. During that year he erected three 8 room brick houses.

A rare example in Port Melbourne of a grand terrace of three houses, it is of unusually late date for the style. The terrace demonstrates the original mixed residential and commercial character of Bay Street. The terrace is notable for its elaborate parapet design and cast iron balcony decoration. These three two storey terrace houses were constructed in polychromatic brickwork, now painted. They are relatively wide and have cast iron balconies and verandahs. The central house is more elaborate than its flanking neighbour, having a triangular pedimented parapet and more complex cast iron decoration. In addition, the central house has tripartitite windows, arched to the ground floor, rather than the paired windows found on the other three houses. The cornice detailing on the two outer houses differ from that on the central house. The south house has a rectangular pediment which differs from the possibly altered pediment on the north house. The original decorative urns have been removed."

Source: City of Port Phillip Heritage Review Database No: 256

16 October 2021

359 Plummer St, Port Melbourne

November 2021

The site was purchased by Perri Projects for $15.65 million.

For the moment, Perri intends to upgrade the existing buildings to create a business park.

October 2021

The site is for sale by expression of interest, 3 November at 12 noon, by Lemon Baxter

Land area 7,377 sqm

13 October 2021

58 Station St, Port Melbourne

September 2021

The house has been demolished and the site cleared. 

And so ends this chapter in the life of 58 Station St, Port Melbourne.

all clear at 58 Station St, Port Melbourne

19 June 2021

The property is deteriorating. It has been secured with a fence.

58 Station St, Port Melbourne 

10 November 2018

The property changed hands again for $860,000.

20 June 2017

The house at 58 Station St was sold by Cayzer for $964,000. It is reported that a jogger going past bought it on a whim and paid $194,000 over the reserve. 

Opposite Port Melbourne's Railway Reserves, minutes from Graham station and just a few more to the beach and Bay St, its advantages are easy to see.

Mrs Timms watches the world go by 1987
Port Melbourne Historical & Preservation Society collection 


58 Station St looking a tad neglected.

58 Station St, Port Melbourne 26 September 2009

12 October 2021

525 Graham St, Port Melbourne

 October 2021

The Goodman Group has reportedly acquired the site for $35 to $40 million.

10 July 2021

The Port Melbourne base of Frank Walker's National Tiles is for sale, and is expected to fetch more than $30 million.

The 1.4 ha site has been in the hands of Mirisklavos Properties (previously called Twenty-Fifth Shackle) for 34 years. (source: The Age, Commercial Real Estate)

The agent, Savills, describes it as a 'precinct defining site' with significant development potential. It is in the Wirraway precinct of the Fishermans Bend renewal area.

It is immediately west of the Fishermans Bend Woolworths which opened in July. 

The site for sale in Graham St, Port Melbourne

looking north, 525 Graham St

179 - 185 Normanby Rd, Southbank


October 2021

Helloworld Travel director, former Liberal government treasurer Andrew Burnes, is selling the former Laconia Woollen Mills. (source: realestatesource.com.au)

May 2016

A planning permit for a 41 level building was lodged in May 2016 (PA1600105). 

It was called in by the Minister for Planning, along with other Normanby Rd applications on 22 February 2018 pending the outcome and recommendations of the Fishermans Bend Review Panel.

Mr Burnes paid $7.04m for Laconia House in late 2011.

Laconia House catches the morning sun

Land area 2,008sqm

10 October 2021

144 - 148 Ferrars St, South Melbourne

March 2020

Just finishing touches now. 

Part of the building is occupied by Ravensdown Shipping Services, importers to New Zealand. 

Addressing the corner of Ferrars & Thistlethwaite Sts, March 2020

15 December 2019

The building nears completion.

to the corner of Ferrars and Thistlethwaite St
1 October 2018

The buildings on the corner of Ferrars and Thistlethwaite St have been demolished to make way for a six level mixed use development designed by Jackson Clements Burrows. (source: Urban Melbourne)

144 - 148 Ferrars St, 2018

A permit for the development was issued by the City of Port Phillip on 28 March 2018. (reference 951/2017)

March 2010

The property was sold for $1,177,000 (source onthehouse.com.au)

144 - 148 Ferrars St, photo credit Dixon Kestles


The premises were used for cassette copy and video duplication

Follow the link to the State Library of Victoria website to see a Lyle Fowler photograph of this corner in 1964 when it was occupied by Holvex.