Evolving Port

Port Melbourne continues to change. Houses are changed or demolished and new houses take their place. New forms of housing are created. Port Houses records some of these changes.

Monday, April 13, 2015

53-63 Bridge St, Port Melbourne

May 2017
Wallpaper is revealed as the rear of the building is removed.



29 January 2017
Revealing the roof
53-63 Bridge St - January 2017

10 April 2016
The planning permit phase 
53-63 Bridge St - April 2016
Planning Application No 179/2016 has been lodged for partial demolition and construction of alterations and additions of ground and first floor additions to the rear of the existing four single storey dwellings 
Source: City of Port Phillip planning permit register

11 May 2015
The houses sold on 9 May for $3,690,000
9 April 2015
These three houses had not been offered for sale since 1959.

The houses were sold to Robert and Ella Atkinson by James George McCormack and William Thomas McCormack - associated with the nearby Cricketers Arms Hotel.

On 25 August 1967, the Housing Commission wrote to Mr Atkinson advising that under Section 56 of the Housing Act, the premises at 53, 55, 57, 59 and 63 Bridge St 'did not comply in certain respects to the Housing (Standards of Habitation) Regulations.'

He was instructed to bring the housing up to the Housing Commission's acceptable standards.

By 1971 Mr Atkison  had made sufficient improvements for the Housing Commission to write again saying that ‘in view of the overall improvement in these properties, commission interest could now cease.'

Source: PROV VPRS 1824/P/0000 - 000042

Thursday, April 2, 2015

143 Cruikshank St, Port Melbourne

10 January 2016


9 April 2014


Sold on 13 Aug 2012 for $1,185,000. Former home of Isobel Webster and family.