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History and Heritage


History of Albert Park Lake

Albert Park was originally part of the extensive Yarra River Delta, which involved vast areas of wetlands and sparse vegetation, interspersed by lagoons, some of which were quite large, including the lagoon from which Albert Park Lake was created. The area was occupied by localised tribes of Indigenous Australians, the Wurundjeri people, for around 40,000+ years prior to European settlement, and was one of many sites around Melbourne where regular corroborees (meetings) were held.

Following British settlement from 1835 onwards, much of the Yarra River delta was drained to dry the land and enable agriculture, housing and grazing. Through the 1840s and 1850s, the area now occupied by Albert Park itself was unofficial parkland, used for military training, grazing and hunting. In 1864 the area was officially proclaimed a public park and named Albert Park in honour of Queen Victoria's consort, Prince Albert.

Continue on to our History page.

Heritage Projects

The Club actively conducts projects which research, conserve and promote our heritage collection.

Our current project is a an exhibition of letters written by club members who served in France in 1917.

2016 Exhibition

2015 Exhibition

2014 Oral History Project

2012 56'ers Morning Tea

World Wars 1 and 2

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32-36 Aughtie Drive

Albert Park 3206

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APSM Rowing Club

PO Box 281, South Melbourne, VIC, 3205 

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