This week the Port Melbourne Historical and Preservation Society blog considered smells.
Although many Port Melbourne residents who had lived there long enough to remember the Swallow and Ariel biscuit factory still in operation (the site is now housing, it was mentioned above in my discussion of ‘photographs’) would recall the wonderful smell of baking biscuits across their suburb. Those who had been there just a few years earlier knew the contrast between that wonderful smell of the biscuits when the wind blew one way and the awful smell of the soap factory when it blew the other.
The smells of sharing your suburb with industry were not necessarily made more pleasant by familiarity.
During my fieldwork, when a factory still in operation not far from North Port oval breached EPA guidelines, nearby residents were quick to bring this to the attention of the local newspaper.