Exhibition - More than just housing

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  • Heritage

An exhibition based on the award winning publication More Than Just Housing: The South Port Community Housing Group Story 1983–2018, by Beris Campbell, Janet Goodwin, Heather McKee and editor Helen Penrose, South Port Community Housing Group Inc., Melbourne, 2018.

More than just housing won the 2019 Victorian Community History Award, an excerpt from the Awards booklet:

The opening story of Violet Coppin encapsulates the dire circumstances of numerous people struggling to find accommodation and the professional skills and humanity of the South Port Community Housing Group. Violet’s bleak life began in an orphanage. In her twilight years, the Housing Group provided both a home and kind support.

Stunning photographs of state-owned heritage buildings appear throughout the book. These buildings, managed by the Housing Group for low-income tenants, confer dignity on marginalised people. The handsome book itself is a source of pride for all the social workers and tenants involved.

Formed in 1983, the Housing Group became a significant provider of low-cost housing to single people in Port Melbourne and South Melbourne. Two of the book’s authors, both senior social workers, were foundation members. The authors chart changing government housing policies and demonstrate how gentrification caused a dramatic drop in rooming houses. The personal stories of staff and residents alternate in this collaborative and impressive book.

Opening hours:

Monday and Friday 10am to 6pm

Tuesday 12pm to 8pm 

Wednesday and Thursday 12pm to 6pm



Port Phillip Heritage Centre & Emerald Hill Library
195 Bank Street
South Melbourne
Vic 3205