1844 - Annexation of “New Buildings”, Portsea

Admiralty annexed the area known as “the New Buildings”, Portsea and demolished 230 houses. The area was brought into the dockyard as part of the area of the new Steam Basin.

This area was thought by the historian Alexander Howell to be the birth place of Portsea, where the first dwellings were erected. The Historian Slight differs somewhat in that he says it was St Georges Square. However in a Portsea Improvement Act of 1792 the area in question is referred to as the “Old Buildings” which would seem to confirm Howell’s opinion.