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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"


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.


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

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