Judi’s father and grandfather before him owned and operated a licensed grocers at 168 Ross Street, Port Melbourne. After her Grandfather Roland Thomas Rose died in a car accident on the corner of Ross and Graham Streets, her father Bill left school at the age of 14 to assist his mother in the running of the shop.
Judi worked for many years in and around the Fishermen’s Bend/Port Melbourne area and during the 1970’s worked in the office at the Port Melbourne Town Hall.
Judi now gives back to her community through her work with Garden City in the City of Port Phillip Vibrant Village program which aims to create and maintain enjoyable places in our local villages ensuring character, heritage and community is maintained.
Rowan has been an active participant in Port Melbourne’s sporting organisations. He played football for the Port Colts, baseball for the Mariners and is a life member and past president of the Port Melbourne Cricket Club. After leaving ARL, he continued to work nearby in South Melbourne and then in the City.
He is the current president of a Garden City residents group called Port People Inc, and is also the facilitator of SPURR (South Port Urban Responsible Renewal) which is an umbrella organisation for 47 community groups and their concerns with the Fisherman’s Bend Urban Renewal Area (FBURA).
The next generation continues the family legacy through their son Sam (who has the honour of being 4th generation Port Melbourne!). He has worked in local after school programs and, like his Dad, is also heavily involved in Port Melbourne’s sporting life. He has played junior football with Port Colts and soccer with the Sharks. He has represented Port Melbourne Cricket Club and coached both juniors in cricket and football.
Port People welcome new members and have a quarterly monthly newsletter.
Words provided by Rowan and Judi 2016. Photo by Michelle Chan