Port Phillip

Pioneers Group

The Port Phillip Pioneers Group (PPPG) exists to understand and commemorate those who arrived or were born in the Port Phillip District before Victoria became a separate colony in July 1851.

We recognise that there were perhaps 60,000 people here before Europeans and others  arrived from 1803.    We acknowledge the Boon wurrung and Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation as Traditional Owners of the land on which we meet. We pay our respects to their Elders, past and present.

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History and Aims

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The Port Phillip District

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How to Become a Member

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Future Events

  • Meeting (including AGM): 2pm Saturday 11 May 2024

    Speaker: Peter Yule Topic: The Bar of Port Phillip, 1839-1851 Before the…

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  • Meeting: Saturday 13 July 2024

    Speaker: Elaine Race Topic: Crossing the Seas to the PPD…

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  • Meeting: 2pm Saturday 14 September 2024

    Speaker: Graeme McIntosh Topic: The Watson & Hunter Story Watson and Hunter…

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  • Meeting: 2pm Saturday 9 November 2024

    Speaker: Fred Cahir Topic: They Rescued Us: Aboriginal heroes on Country Fred Cahir, an associate professor in Australia history will illuminate the story of how thousands of colonists were rescued by Aboriginal people from life threatening bush fires, floods, shipwrecks – and from being lost in the bush. Fred’s presentation (and latest book) pays tribute…

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Meetings Venue: Wesley Hall, St. Andrew’s Uniting Church, 253A Burke Road (cnr. Malvern Road), Gardiner. 

Visitors Welcome. Talks are from 2:00pm.  Doors open 1.30 p.m. Two dollars entry includes refreshments.  Our meetings generally end around 4pm.

Zoom access for members and visitors who are not able to attend meetings in person can be found here.

To protect members we ask that members and visitors with COVID or who are a close contact attend meeting via Zoom.

 

How to become a member

Membership of the Port Phillip Pioneers Group is open to persons having ancestors of whom at least one settled or was born in the present State of Victoria prior to 1 July, 1851 and can provide proof of direct lineal descent from their Pioneer ancestor/s.

If you have not yet proved your descent, or are just interested in what we do, you can join as an Associate Member.