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One of our members Robert Sinatt  died on 26 November 2014 and his execotors National Australia Bank have advised the Society that Robert has bequeathed to us an 1845 silver cup presented by Captain Kenney to Charles Steadman for fast swimming. I have never met Robert but maybe one of our long serving members may have known him.


all the Society's collection is now back in the Community Room in the 8 cupboards tp the left of the kitchen. I thank Janet Beeston, her niece Alice and Phillip Stewart for all their help in moving all the boxes and filing cabinets.


Our Flickr site is progressing well with over  450 images having been scanned and able to be viewed. The hard work is being done by Janet Beeston, Helen Halliday and Phillip Stewart . The images have been donated over the 45 years since the Society began. If a member has images of St Kilda that they do not want to donate but could allow us to scan and return to them we would acknowledge their permission to use the image. The site can be viewed at stkildahistoryflckr.org.au


Many members have missed the newsletter since we stopped publishing so a sub committee is looking into the possibility of resurrecting the newsletter. We are in the early stages of our discussions but when there is any news I will update you.


Details of our 2015 meetings are available on the website under Events and then Talks and Walks




In the Society collection we have a collection of photographs that have been donated over 44 years that the Society has been in existence. Three of our committee members Janet Beeston, Helen Halliday and Phillip Stewart are presently scanning and putting them on the Society's Flickr website.

QueenMotherQueen Mother at St Kilda Town Hall 1958, unknown photographerDo go to the site and view the wonderful photographs. To go to the site click here.  If you have any St Kilda photographs you would like to donate to us we would be most grateful to preserve  for the future. Thanks to Janet, Helen and Phillip for all their work.


The City of Port Phillip Senior Writers Festival was held at St Kilda Library on 19 October. It was the 10th year of the writers festival and two of our members Brenda Richards and Rose Stone have entered the festival every year and were given special awards for their efforts. They have also won many awards over the years. Congratulations to Rose and Brenda for all their good stories.Long may you continue


The Friends of St Kilda Botanical Gardens are holding their picnic to celebrate the 153rd anniversary of the opening of the gardens. It is on Sunday 16 November from 2 - 6. So bring your afternoon teas, friends and family. There are pony rides, childrens entertainment, live music, Soul Kitchen Mobile Cafe and Bianco Latte Gelato and Sorbet cart, So do come along and we hope the weather will be kind.


This annual event for the church is being held from 4 -7 December. The trees are exhibited by church members and members of the local community. It is open at the following times: Thurs 4 and Sat 6 from 10am - 4pm, Fri 5 from 10am - 6pm and Sun 7 from 12noon - 4pm. A gold donation is welcome.

The Society held a very interesting meeting at the church on 12 October with Bronwyn Hughes talking about the stained glass. Many member os the church were also present and we received a warm welcome so do go alond and support the tree festival. The churc is at the juncion of Chapel Street and Brightob Road.


Membership of the Society is now due.  If you wish to join or renew and help support our work in recording St Kilda's history, please complete this form.


Lady of St KildaLady of St Kilda, Carlisle Street looking eastThe Age Newspaper is on Trove. Trove is  part of the National Library of Australia. On the site you can find newspapers, books,photographs, music and videos, diaries, people and organisations. If you are doing research or just have a general interest then go to www.trove.nla.vic.gov.au


Patricia Convery and I are busy working on next year's meetings. In the next bulletin I will produce a list of the dates and times of the meetings. We can now meet in the Community Room at the Library now that the renovation is complete


We welcome Glen Coghlan, Claire Mear, Ohilllip Wellfaie, Olivia Wellfair, Greg Giannis, Terry McMeekin, Michael Mulcahy and Jeff Graupner as new members of the Society and hope we shall see you at some of our events in 2015 and thank you for your support iof our continuing work.


The renovation of the Lady of St Kilda rt work on the Balaclava Station Railway Bridge is now complete. It has been returned to its original vibrant state by its creator Alex Nemirovsky. When returned to the bridge it will look as it did 20 years ago when it was installed.No date for the reinstallation is known yet as it needs to be  a well planned operation with crakes and the closure of Carlisle Street



Holy Trinity North Transept window, Suffer the Little ChildrenNEXT MEETING:  Stained Glass at Holy Trinity

When Sunday, 12 October at 3pm

WhereHoly Trinity Church, 175 Chapel Street, Balaclava.

The speaker will be Dr Bronwyn Hughes, an acknowledged stained glass expert, who will speak about the stained glass at Holy Trinity and also the windows that were relocated from St Bede's, Elwood after its closure. Bronwyn has carried out a survey of the stained glass at Holy Trinity and has kindly offered to share it with SKHS members. The survey can be seen on our website under the History menu -> Churches -> Holy Trinity.


The St Kilda Library's newly renovated Community Room is now open. You will notice immediately that the kitchen equipment and cabinetry has been replaced and in the meeting area there are new chairs, tables and a projection screen. We shall be holding most of our meetings here from now on.

Holy Trinity from Brighton Road ca.1930DISPLAY

Our next display from 1 - 31 October will  be about the Victory Theatre (now the National Theatre ) at the corner of Barkly and Carlisle Streets  Do have a look at the display when you are in the Library. Thanks to Maureen Walker for all her good work.


The Royal Historical Society of Victoria at A'.Beckett Street in Melbourne is holding an exhibition 'The Australian Red Cross  in the Great War'. Our Society has contributed to the exhibition with work Maureen Walker researched for  our 'St  Kilda Home Front in World War 1' display.. Well done Maureen that your work has been recognised in the exhibition


Society membership is now due and we hope you will rejoin to support our work to record St Kilda's history. Ordinary membership is $20 and joint membership is 30,


Work on our website is progressing. Peter Johnson. our President, has been working hard to  put more information about houses, streets, people and land sales on the site. The website is an ongoing project as there is much to record. Thanks go to Peter for all his hard work which takes a great deal of research. Another of our members, Krystyna Kynst, has been awarded a Public Records Office grant to digitise and create an ibook about The Esplanade Campaign which she and many other St Kilda residents waged in the 1990's . This work will be on our website when it is completed and will be a valuable record.

2014 - 2015 SKHS COMMITTEE

President: Peter Johnson      Vice President: Patricia Convery      Treasurer" Vacant    Secretary: Dorothy Lobert

Committee: Janet Beeston, Phillip Stewart and Helen Halliday


MARCH 2014


The Port Phillip Heritage program has organised a session as an Introduction To Prov which will be an introduction to researching the Public Records Office of Victoria collection, taking a look at simple and advamced searching methods, searching within a series, searching online indexes the basics of ordering records and what you can view online. It is being held on Tuesday 11 March 2-14 from 6 - 8 pm at the Heritahe Centre, 195 Bank Street, South Melbourne. BOOKING ESSENTIAL 9209 6496 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make a booking. The Heritage Centre has many events of interest and details can be found here 

If any member has any ideas for our meetings  do let us know.




City of Port Phillip has opened the Emerald Hill Heritage Centre at 195 Bank Street, South Melbourne . It is in the Library building opposite South Melbourne Town Hall. The opening hours are: Monday 10 - 6 / Tuesday 2-6 / Wednesday 2-6 / Thursday 12 - 6 / Friday 10 - 6 / Saturday 10 - 2 / Sunday Closed. The nearest tram  is Route 112 stop 128 on C;arendon Street. The Local History Room at St KIlda Library is now closed so all enquiries should be directed to the Heritage Centre. The Cebtre will give access to historic and digital records, an image collection ,free  access to a library edition of Ancestry  to research family history so if you are researching your family or the history of your home the centre is the place to go. They are holding walks during the year and also talks. I will try and keep you updated with details so that you can attend if you wish to do so. Details of the Heritage Centre can be found here. If you do any research about St Kilda or its residents or houses the St Kilda Historical Society would appreciate a copy of your research for our records. The Heritage team of Sandra Khazam, Anne Scambary and Kay Rowan will give you a warm welcome and assist you.


Our first event of 2014 is a walk along the Esplanade by Patricia Convery to visit sites of St Kilda Theatres and talk of their history. It will be on Sunday 23 February at 3pm. The maximum number of places is 25 so booking is essential. Bookings to be made to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The meeting place will be given on booking. Full details are on the Talks page of our website www.stkildahistory.org.au.  


Every year  a memorial service is held  at the grave in St Kilda Cemetery of Albert Jacka VC, the first Australian winner of the Victoria Cross and after the war a councillor and Mayor  of St Kilda. This years  service is on Sunday 19 January 1014 at 2pm, followed by tea at St Kilda Town Hall from 3pm


Patricia and I are working on our program for the year and will send it to you as soon as possible. If you have any ideas for a speaker or a walk do let us know as we welcome your input.

If you have any research you have about St Kilda people or houses the Society welcomes any donations to add to our collection. With the Gallipoli campaign in 2015 being  remembered we are looking for St Kilda men and women who went to war and if anyone has a history of a relative who service in World War 1 we would like to have the information as over 3000 men and women from St Kilda went to war. We would  like to put a display in the Library during April 2015 If you have any news you would like added to otr e bulletin do send it to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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