Painted (ghost) signs in Port Phillip

A citizen heritage project

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Help preserve our local cultural heritage

The history of our businesses is captured in a number of historic painted (ghost) signs on private and commercial buildings throughout the municipality. We are documenting these signs, and need your help!  

Here's what to do

If you find a ghost sign: 

1. Take a photograph of the sign (the higher resolution the better)

2. Email artheritage@portphillip.vic.gov.au with location and photo attached  

If you notice a sign in bad condition or that has been vandalised please let us know. 

Signs we’ve recorded are at these locations:

ALBERT PARK

  • 63 Cardigan Place
  • 107 Victoria Avenue
  • 179 Victoria Avenue
  • 178 Bridport Street

BALACLAVA

  • 124 Carlisle Street
  • 294 Carlisle Street

MIDDLE PARK

  • 149 Neville Street
  • 111 Wright Street

PORT MELBOURNE

  • 175 Bay Street
  • Pickles and Danks Street
  • Garton and Ingles Street
  • 235 Ross Street
  • Ross Street near Ingles Street
  • Clarke and Farrell Streets
  • Heath and Raglan Streets
  • 181 Rouse Street 

RIPPONLEA

  • 21 Glen Eira Road
  • 27 Glen Eira Road
  • 73 Glen Eira Rd
  • 80 Glen Eira Rd
  • 82 Glen Eira Rd

SOUTH MELBOURNE

  • 284 Clarendon St
  • 242 Bank Street
  • 325 Bank Street
  • 255 Marshall St
  • Montague Street (lane behind City Road)
  • York and Morris Street

ST KILDA

  • 174 St Kilda Road
  • 127 Fitzroy St
  • 159 Fitzroy Street
  • 10 Grey Street 

In 2014 and 2015 the locations, dimensions and conditions of thirty-two signs were recorded and data uploaded to the Heritage Centre’s Historypin page. We did this with heritage specialists, community members, and staff and students from The Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation (GCCMC) at the University of Melbourne.

Thanks to our recent contributors who, in 2020, identified some new signs! 

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Rouse Street, Port Melbourne (top), Middle Park (bottom)

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