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The Albert Park and South Melbourne Rowing Clubs saw many local residents enlist during World War One.  Their letters home were published in wartime newspapers, and their names were inscribed on the South Melbourne Town Hall honour board.  Join us to launch an exhibition about these locals and their letters, curated by Grace Blake.

Elwood Sundial

The Elwood community has been gifted a sundial from Celeste Walters, local resident and children’s author. This sundial is located along Elwood canal, near the end of Keats Street.

As a former teacher at Elwood Primary School, Celeste wanted to make a long term contribution to the community that could engage all passers-by in an educational, scientific and enjoyable way. The sundial’s close proximity to Elwood Primary School and Elwood College provides opportunities for students to learn about time, navigation and the seasons, as well as for all residents to experience this ancient form of time-telling.  

Celeste has kindly donated the sundial to the City of Port Phillip who will act as custodian on behalf of the community.

To read the time, note where the shadow hits the face of the sundial, then add the time allowance from the chart below the numbers.  

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Elwood College students at the unveiling of the Sundial, 20 July 2017

Fishermans Bend in World War II

This is a call out from Port Melbourne's Born and Bred group who are seeking information about people in this factory film. Born and Bred say:

"This Australian propaganda film does not, for obvious wartime reasons, include any information about where the scenes were filmed. But, thanks to our Born and Bred group, we can now place all of the factory scenes in Port Melbourne, including those of planes taking off from Port Melbourne's then very important Military Airfield. See them at 7.00 min. The speaker makes a number of statements about women which would cause significant justifiable criticism today, but it is an important example of industrial social history of the time.

Member Ron Frost, who later worked there.."I myself started there in December 1949 and served an apprenticeship of 5 years as a First Class Machinist finishing my time in 1955. I can say with almost certainty that the film is definitely the area which was called the MAW (Main Assembly Workshop) and the production methods were pretty much identical as that of my time, the apron where they rolled out the finished aircraft certainly looked as though it was Fishermen,s Bend, there certainly would have been some form of camouflage with the hills etc, the main airstrip ran basically North and South out over what would have later been Garden City out over Port Phillip Bay. Even when I worked their in those later years at least up to half the workforce were women"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBfpjPCb2r8

 

The Dux Theatre, Albert Park

Situated at 47 O'Grady Street, Albert Park, the Dux Theatre is currently undergoing a major renovation on the television series "The Block"

The former theatre opened in June 1912, designed by Thomas Ramsden Ashworth (1864-1935).  He was an architect and estate agent and the chairman of the Dux Theatre Company Pty. Ltd.  He was a South Melbourne Councillor from 1898 to 1901 and a Victorian Parliamentary MLA from 1902-1904.  Ashworth Street in Albert Park is named after him.  He bought land in the street named after him, and had a series of houses built there.  He was a partner in the architectural firm Ashworth and Oakley of Collins Street.

For further reading on on the topic, Entertaining  for decades: The Dux Theatre, Albert Park and The Block, by Phoebe Wilkens, Access Services Officer at the Public Record Office of Victoria.

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Image Courtesy of Graeme Butler & Associates, City of Port Phillip Heritage Report on the former Dux Theatre, 2010


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