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Churchill Island Heritage Farm Newhaven, Victoria

Churchill Island Heritage Farm covers 57 hectares and boasts a historic working farm with ‘hands on’ farming demonstrations reminiscent of a bygone era. Sheep shearing, cow milking and working dog demonstrations run every day except Christmas day and are included in the entry fee. Carriage rides operate during school holidays and special events. Churchill Island is easily accessible by an all-vehicle bridge from Phillip Island.First walked by Bunurong/Boonwurrung Aboriginal people, the island has an important place in the history of European settlement in Victoria. There are also restored historic buildings from the 1860s and 1870s, lovely gardens, ancient Moonah trees, wetlands, a visitor’s centre and a licensed café.

The Island forms part of the Churchill Island Marine National park and the waters and mudflats surrounding Churchill Island are listed under the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance. Two island circuit tracks offers magnificent views across Western Port Bay and provide excellent bird viewing (Royal Spoonbills, Pied Oyster Catchers, ibis, gulls, herons and pelicans). There are also views of Tortoise Head and French Island. The whole island is heritage listed with Heritage Victoria and the buildings are classified by the National Trust.

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Contact Information

location
246 Samuel Amess Drive Newhaven VIC 3925 (map)
phone
+61 03 5956 7214; 03 5951 2800

Opening Hours

Daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Entry Fee

Adults (16yrs+) $12.25 Children (4-15yrs) $6.15 Australian Pensioner(ID required) $8.55 Family (2A +2C) $30.65

Location

246 Samuel Amess Drive Newhaven Victoria

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This collection forms the basis for the operations of Churchill Island Heritage Farm, which is located on Churchill Island, where in 1801, during a survey of Western Port Bay, Lieutenant James Grant built a cottage, cleared land and planted the first wheat and corn crops grown in Victoria, using seeds provided by John Churchill. The working farm features a homestead, built by Samuel Amess, a one-time mayor of Melbourne who purchased the island in 1872, together with cottages built by John Rogers in the 1860s and associated outbuildings. As well as the heritage buildings, the collection includes agricultural machinery, implements, and tools, special collections of farm engines and dairy equipment, and historical photographs. The collection is managed by Churchill Island Heritage Farm curator.

Significance

This collection documents early Victorian rural life and agriculture, and the history of the site where crops were first grown in Victoria in 1801; includes also information on the various owners of the island and Government ownership from 1970s.

1308 items

1308 items

Photograph of Phillip Island Bus Tour

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Photograph of the Phillip Island Bus Tour parked behind some trees.

Historical information

Churchill Island Heritage Farm has a large photograph collection dating from the nineteenth century. This series showcases the wide variety of activities that occurred on the precinct.

Inscriptions & Markings

Catalogue number written on reverse in pencil

Photograph of a fountain in a lake

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Photograph of a fountain in a lake with tall rushes and reeds in the background

Historical information

Churchill Island Heritage Farm has a large photographic collection dating from the nineteenth century. This series documents the Working Horse and Garden show held in 2001.

Inscriptions & Markings

Catalogue number written on reverse in pencil.

Photograph of man preparing shoeing a horse

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Photograph of a man holding the rear right leg of a horse in order to shoe it.

Historical information

Churchill Island Heritage Farm has a large photograph collection dating from the nineteenth century.

Inscriptions & Markings

Catalogue number written on reverse in pencil

Photograph of horse, hay grabber and hay stack

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Photograph of horse hitched to a cart standing in front of a hay grabber and beside a hay stack

Historical information

Churchill Island Heritage Farm has a large photograph collection dating from the nineteenth century.

Inscriptions & Markings

Catalogue number written on reverse in pencil

Photograph of people building a jetty

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Photograph of people building a jetty in the rain.

Historical information

Churchill Island Heritage Farm has a large photograph collection dating from the nineteenth century.

Inscriptions & Markings

Catalogue number written on reverse in pencil

Black and white photograph of a man and a boat

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Black and White photograph of a man pulling a wheelbarrow down towards the water. A railway track runs down and two boats are moored in the water

Historical information

Churchill Island has a large photograph collection dating from the nineteenth century. This series consists of candid photographs of everyday life taken by previous residents of the island.

Inscriptions & Markings

Catalogue number written on reverse in pencil. Handwritten in pen on reverse: '1940. JETTY CHURCHILL ISLAND UNLOADING SUPER'

Photograph of orchard and wire fence

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Black and white photograph with white border of the orchard and vegetable garden on Churchill Island. A line of pine trees stand in the background with a wire fence dividing areas of the garden.

Historical information

Churchill Island Heritage Farm has a large photographic collection dating from the nineteenth century to the present.

Inscriptions & Markings

Catalogue number written on reverse in pencil

Photograph of family standing around Amess House

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Black and white photograph of family posing for the camera standing around Amess House. Probably taken in nineteenth century.

Historical information

Churchill Island has a significant photograph collection dating from the nineteenth century.

Inscriptions & Markings

Catalogue number written in pencil on reverse. 'ALBUM A101C' written in pencil on reverse. Stamped on rear 'Photograph by Information Branch Victorian Dept. of Agriculture Ref. No 1978(541-29)'

Photograph of horse pulling cart raking hay

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Black and white photograph of horse pulling a cart raking hay.

Historical information

Churchill Island has a significant photograph collection dating from the nineteenth century.

Inscriptions & Markings

Catalogue number written in pencil on reverse. Stamped on reverse 'Josanne Broer Copyright 2000 59525700 0411234914'

Mortice axe

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Modern handle. Blacksmith made. some pitting.

Inscriptions & Markings

Long V decoration along head.

"Battle for bronze statue to honour port's naval past, rorts and all"

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Newspaper article taken from the Age, p.3, Monday January 25th 2010. Article by Lorna Edwards. Photo of Mac Gregory by Jason South. Large photo of "Shenandoah" in Williamstown from US Navy Archives. Tells story of when Shenandoah came to Melbourne in 1865. Naval Heritage Foundation trying to raise $200,000 for sculpture to commemorate navy servicemen and the areas past in naval history.

Historical information

Samuel Amess was one of Melbourne society who entertained the Shenandoah officers and crew when in Melbourne. He claimed the Churchill Island cannon came from the Shenandoah.

Photograph of road with the old shed and Amess Barn in the background

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Black and White Photograph of road leading towards homestead area of Churchill Island Heritage Farm. Behind the stand of trees, a carriage rests under a corrugated steel roof and a barn can be seen in the background.

Historical information

Churchill Island Heritage Farm has a large photograph collection dating from the nineteenth century. This series provides an insight into the early days of Churchill Island as a Conservation site.

Inscriptions & Markings

Catalogue number written on reverse in pencil

Landscape of Churchill Island

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Black and white photograph showing a paddock with a fence line and a stand of trees running diagonally from the foreground to the background.

Historical information

Churchill Island Heritage Farm has a large photograph collection dating from the mid-nineteenth century to the last decade. This series of photographs show candid pictures taken by previous residents of the Island.

Inscriptions & Markings

Catalogue number written in pencil on reverse. 'Churchill 1953' written in pen on reverse

Photograph of man and horse working

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Photograph of a man and horse pulling a hay grabber aloft at the Easter Festival

Historical information

Churchill Island Heritage Farm has a large photograph collection dating from the nineteenth century.

Inscriptions & Markings

Catalogue number written on reverse in pencil Handwritten on pen in reverse 'Pulling the hay grabber aloft. Churchill Island Easter Festival 30/03/2013'

Photograph of group of people playing games in front of Rogers Cottage

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Photograph of group of people playing games made of cardboard on the grass in front of Rogers Cottage

Historical information

Churchill Island Heritage Farm has a large photograph collection dating from the nineteenth century.

Inscriptions & Markings

Catalogue number written on reverse in pencil

Photograph of horses and hay raker

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Photograph of horse and hay raker being driven through a paddock.

Historical information

Churchill Island Heritage Farm has a large photograph collection dating from the nineteenth century. Former Churchill Island employee, Scott Campbell, drives the two Clydesdales through the paddock.

Inscriptions & Markings

Catalogue number written on reverse in pencil Handwritten in pen on reverse '2001?'

Photograph of group of people playing games in front of Rogers Cottage

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Photograph of group of people playing games made of cardboard on the grass in front of Rogers Cottage

Historical information

Churchill Island Heritage Farm has a large photograph collection dating from the nineteenth century.

Inscriptions & Markings

Catalogue number written on reverse in pencil

Photograph of woman

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Close up portrait photograph of a woman in a pink shirt

Historical information

Churchill Island Heritage Farm has a large collection of photographs dating from the nineteenth century.

Inscriptions & Markings

catalogue number written on reverse in pencil

wedge

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

blacksmith made; hand-hammered relief groove. Well used - top mushroomed out.

Historical information

Used in conjunction with other wood splitting/cutting tools donated by Wilfred Dungan

Black and white photograph of Billie Wilson sitting on the Morris

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Black and white photograph of Billie Wilson sitting on the bonnet on the Morris at the end of Churchill Road on Phillip Island with the garage in the background.

Historical information

Churchill Island Heritage Farm has a large photograph collection dating from the mid-nineteenth century to the last decade

Inscriptions & Markings

Catalogue number written in pencil on reverse. On reverse in pen '1939 The faithful Morris 8/40 that had many trips to Churchill in 1938 - 1940 period. Billie Wilson sitting on the bonnett. Car is at end of Churchill Road (on Phillip Island) and the old garage is in the background. Waiting for someone to bring over the dingy from Churchill)

Photograph of seated man

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Photograph of a man seated on a metal and plastic chair that has been bolted onto a sled. A leather strap rests between the man's knees and joins to a working horse (out of frame)

Historical information

Churchill Island has a large photograph collection dating from the late nineteenth century. This series shows moments from the annual festivals and shows held on the island in the 21st century

Inscriptions & Markings

THE OLD MEETS THE NEW. METAL/PLASTIC/CHAIR BOLTED ON TO SLED PULLED BY A WORKING/HORSE. CHURCHILL ISLAND EASTER FESTIVAL/30/3/13 [written in pen on reverse] [catalogue number on reverse in pencil]

Photograph of children standing around the cannon barrel

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Black and white photograph with white border of three children standing around a cannon barrel resting on the branch.

Historical information

Churchill Island Heritage Farm has a large photographic collection dating from the nineteenth century to the present.

Inscriptions & Markings

Catalogue number written on reverse in pencil

Photograph of people on cart

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Colour photograph of two people in costume sitting on a cart being driven across a paddock on Churchill Island with a man driving Potentially taken in 2001 at a Working Horses Expo

Historical information

Churchill Island has a large photographic collection dating from the nineteenth century. This series shows the extensive work and volunteering conducted on site by workers after it was turned into a heritage site

Inscriptions & Markings

Catalogue number on reverse in pencil.

Photograph of Clydesdale and handler

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Colour photograph of a Clydesdale working horse and his handler. Probably taken at the Churchill Island Easter Festival 30/03/2013

Historical information

Churchill Island has a large photographic collection dating from the nineteenth century. This series shows the extensive work and volunteering conducted on site by workers after it was turned into a heritage site

Inscriptions & Markings

Catalogue number on reverse in pencil. Written on reverse in pen: "Resting working horse & handler. C.I. Easter Festival 30/3/2013"

Photograph of four Clydesdales

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Colour photograph of four Clydesdale horses flanked by two men in matching outfits. Potentially taken in 2001 at a Working Horses Expo

Historical information

Churchill Island has a large photographic collection dating from the nineteenth century. This series shows the extensive work and volunteering conducted on site by workers after it was turned into a heritage site

Inscriptions & Markings

Catalogue number on reverse in pencil.

Handwritten notes on paper

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Handwritten notes in pencil on paper, regarding fertilising farm. Assumed to be written by Harry Jenkins

Historical information

Dr Harry Jenkins owned Churchill Island from 1936 to 1963 and bequeathed it to Margaret Campbell on his death. Sister Campbell had been nurse to his disabled son and wife and she lived on the island from the time of World War Two. The item was given to Arthur Evans, a family friend, on the day of the auction sale of artifacts when she sold the island, approximately 1973.

Significance

This document demonstrates Harry Jenkins interest and commitment to farming at Churchill Island and provides information on farming of the era.

Photograph of people on a jetty

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Black and white photograph of a group of three people playing around the jetty on Churchill Island looking towards the Boys' Home

Historical information

Churchill Island Heritage Farm has a large photograph collection dating from the mid-nineteenth century to the last decade.

Inscriptions & Markings

Catalogue number written in pencil on reverse. Written in pen on reverse '1940 Another shop of the old jetty in bay towards the Boys' Home'

Photograph of Churchill Island Cannon

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Photograph of the Churchill Island Cannon, taken from beneath the Norfolk Pine, looking past the barrel northwards.

Historical information

Churchill Island Heritage Farm has a large collection of photographs dating from the nineteenth century. This series shows photographs taken from around the Heritage Precinct.

Inscriptions & Markings

catalogue number written on reverse in pencil

Photograph of group of people

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Photograph of fourteen people seated around two wooden picnic tables placed in the Churchill Island precinct between Rogers Cottages and the bathrooms. Amess Barn is visible in the background.

Historical information

Churchill Island Heritage Farm has a large collection of photographs. This series shows different community groups that were associated with Churchill Island throughout the decades.

Inscriptions & Markings

GARDEN GROUP AFTER/A MORNING IN THE/HERB GARDEN [handwritten on reverse in blue pen] [catalogue number written on reverse in pencil]

Photograph of wool and crafts

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Photograph of a craft table with blue, brown, and white wool arranged on it. Three girls in Guides uniforms have gathered around it.

Historical information

Churchill Island Heritage Farm has a large collection of photographs.

Inscriptions & Markings

[catalogue number written on reverse in pencil]