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

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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.

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Photograph of North Eastcorner of Amess House

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Black and white photograph with white border showing the north west corner of Amess House with a view of the drawing room, the sundial, and trees.

Historical information

Churchill Island Heritage Farm has a large photographic collection dating from the nineteenth century to the present. This series of photos comes from an album entitled 'Aspects of Churchill Island'.

Inscriptions & Markings

Catalogue number written on reverse in pen/pencil

Milk/cream separator

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Metal top, bowl missing ;burgundy pedestal base with handle

Lace Trim, Section

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Machine embroidered (lace Group Embroiderers Guild 1/3/12) See photos (2)

Historical information

The names of the Amess women who owned the lace are: Jane Amess (nee Straughan) – donor Unity’s great grandmother (pet name Janet, but not used as it will confuse with Unity’s mother). Jane was the wife of Samuel Amess, first Samuel Amess to own Churchill Island. Frances Amess (nee Turnbull) – grandmother, married Robert Lisle Straughan Amess, 4th child of Samuel and Jane Janet Jickell (nee Amess) – mother, 2nd of two children of Robert and Francis, married James Jickell Unity Mary Bright (nee Jickell) was the donor, 2nd of two children of Robert and Francis.

Significance

The Amess family owned Churchill Island from 1872 to 1929. This lace collection was owned and contributed to by four generations of Amess women, see above.

Diamond harrows

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Diamond (spike) harrowswith chain, unpainted metal

T Square tool

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

T square made from printer's plate, metal and wood, riveted together with 10 rivets and a hanging hole in top centre of wood.

Historical information

Samuel Amess, who bought Churchill island in 1872 was a Presbyterian Scot as also was James Balfour. There may have been a personal link.

Inscriptions & Markings

One side, metal: Balfour, Elliott and Company Limited/ Incorporated under the Companies Statute 1884 /20 Queen St MELBOURNE / Capital L250,000 in 250,000 shares of L1 each / This is to certify that... / is the property of .../ Part of circle printing in join with wood and scroll work on metal at join. Other side: scratched in "H R Balfour"

Booklet - Complete Dispersal Sale Churchill Dairy Shorthorn Stud

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Fawn coloured cover, cream pages, black print. 14pp + cover. 47 lots all cattle named and pedigree given. For Wednesday April 3rd, 1946, at Cleeland's Property. Auctioneers: Gippsland and Northern Co-op Co Ltd. For same auction as 0098.

Inscriptions & Markings

Cross alongside entry Lot 31 Buyer (?), Lot 38 buyer, Lot 39 buyer, in pencil

Babcock Milk Tester

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Grey blue hand operated spinner to determine fat content of milk. Bottles missing

Historical information

Possibly used by Harry Jenkins when Churchill Island operated as a dairy farm

Inscriptions & Markings

Babcock Tester, Official

Photograph of two horses and two men

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Colour photograph of a working horse team standing in a pasture, ringed with hay. They are being held by their handler Lyall who is talking to Ash. 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: "Working horse team being rested with their handler Lyall talking to Ash. C.I. Easter Festival 30/3/2013"

Photograph of group around a cannon

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Black and white photograph of three men gathered around the cannon out the front of Amess House. From left: Mal McCartney, Guy Evans, Gid Ashley.

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Catalogue number written in pencil on the reverse. Handwritten on reverse in pen '1940. The 'cannon' left to right Mal McCartney (amateur radio friend of TEDS) Guy Evans (MY BROTHER) SHOT DOWN OVER TIMOR IN A LIBERATOR BOMBER IN THE RAAF IN 1944 GID ASHLEY (ONE OF THE 'GANG' FRIENDS OF TED!) NOTE THE CANNON BALLS' In another hand 'Amateur radio friend of Teds'

Photograph of ship and boat

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Black and White Photograph of a three masted ship sailing away from the photographer with a smaller sailing boat on the left

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

Winnower

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Hand operated winnower with handle and hopper unpainted

Photograph of ploughed field leading to shoreline

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Black and White photograph of a ploughed field leading to shoreline

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.

Photograph of rocks and boulders by the shoreline

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Black and white photograph with white border of rocks and boulders on the mudflats by the Churchill Island shoreline.

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 horse pulling hay rake

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Colour photograph of a Clydesdale pulling a hay rake on a pasture behind scattered hay. 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 "Youn horse pulling C.I. hay rake. Churchill Island Easter Festival 30/3/2013"

Photograph of grove of trees

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Black and White photograph depicting grove of trees behind a dividing fence topped with barbed wire. Small sign in centre of photograph reads 'This area was planted by Phillip Island Tree Planters Association Assisted by Phillip Island School Children'. Relates to 0525-1 (same subject matter, slightly different angle)

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 events and people from the Churchill Island precinct and the enormous amount of collaboration and work that went into the development of the heritage area and making it accessible and interactive for visitors of all ages.

Inscriptions & Markings

Catalogue number in pencil on reverse. Stamp on reverse: “COPYRIGHT/FISHERIES & GAME DEPT./VICTORIA/NEGATIVE SG358/INDEX”

Photograph of Robert Ingpen

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Black and White photograph of Robert Ingpen

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. Handwritten on reverse 'Artist Robert Ingpen'

Lace Trim

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Fillet hand darned pattern on machine net (lace Group Embroiderers Guild 1/3/12)

Historical information

The names of the Amess women who owned the lace are: Jane Amess (nee Straughan) – donor Unity’s great grandmother (pet name Janet, but not used as it will confuse with Unity’s mother). Jane was the wife of Samuel Amess, first Samuel Amess to own Churchill Island. Frances Amess (nee Turnbull) – grandmother, married Robert Lisle Straughan Amess, 4th child of Samuel and Jane Janet Jickell (nee Amess) – mother, 2nd of two children of Robert and Francis, married James Jickell Unity Mary Bright (nee Jickell) was the donor, 2nd of two children of Robert and Francis.

Significance

The Amess family owned Churchill Island from 1872 to 1929. This lace collection was owned and contributed to by four generations of Amess women, see above.

Photograph of a paddock with trees

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Black and white photograph with white border of a paddock, a group of trees, and a fence line in the background.

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

Black and white photograph of two people sitting on a daybed

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Black and White photograph of two people sitting on a daybed out the front of Amess House. Ken Stott leans over the table, while Valda Treadwell sits next to him.

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. Ken Stott and Valda Treadwell'

Crochet Circles x 4

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Hand crochet (Lace Group Embroiderers Guild 1/3/12) See photos (4)

Historical information

The names of the Amess women who owned the lace are: Jane Amess (nee Straughan) – donor Unity’s great grandmother (pet name Janet, but not used as it will confuse with Unity’s mother). Jane was the wife of Samuel Amess, first Samuel Amess to own Churchill Island. Frances Amess (nee Turnbull) – grandmother, married Robert Lisle Straughan Amess, 4th child of Samuel and Jane Janet Jickell (nee Amess) – mother, 2nd of two children of Robert and Francis, married James Jickell Unity Mary Bright (nee Jickell) was the donor, 2nd of two children of Robert and Francis.

Significance

The Amess family owned Churchill Island from 1872 to 1929. This lace collection was owned and contributed to by four generations of Amess women, see above.

Photograph of field with scarecrow

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Black and white photograph of pastures with scarecrow, windmill, and on the other side of the fence a horse ploughs another pasture. Behind, a group of men make haybales.

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'

Photograph of pelicans on the Churchill Island shoreline

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Black and white landscape photograph with a white border of pelicans on the Churchill Island shoreline with Newhaven in the distance

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Catalogue number written in pencil on reverse.

Photograph of a herd of cattle moving in a field

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Black and white photograph showing a herd of cattle in a field along Churchill Island

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. '2' written in pencil on reverse

Lace Trim

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

machine lace, coarse crochet like thread. One fairly straight edge with picots. Other edge has clusters of elongated picots at even intervals. Geometric pattern inside

Historical information

The names of the Amess women who owned the lace are: Jane Amess (nee Straughan) – donor Unity’s great grandmother (pet name Janet, but not used as it will confuse with Unity’s mother). Jane was the wife of Samuel Amess, first Samuel Amess to own Churchill Island. Frances Amess (nee Turnbull) – grandmother, married Robert Lisle Straughan Amess, 4th child of Samuel and Jane Janet Jickell (nee Amess) – mother, 2nd of two children of Robert and Francis, married James Jickell Unity Mary Bright (nee Jickell) was the donor, 2nd of two children of Robert and Francis.

Significance

The Amess family owned Churchill Island from 1872 to 1929

Lace Piece x 2

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Two triangles of lace cut from a larger piece, machine made, floral and leaf decoration

Historical information

The names of the Amess women who owned the lace are: Jane Amess (nee Straughan) – donor Unity’s great grandmother (pet name Janet, but not used as it will confuse with Unity’s mother). Jane was the wife of Samuel Amess, first Samuel Amess to own Churchill Island. Frances Amess (nee Turnbull) – grandmother, married Robert Lisle Straughan Amess, 4th child of Samuel and Jane Janet Jickell (nee Amess) – mother, 2nd of two children of Robert and Francis, married James Jickell Unity Mary Bright (nee Jickell) was the donor, 2nd of two children of Robert and Francis.

Significance

The Amess family owned Churchill Island from 1872 to 1929

Black and white photograph of four women in a cart

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Black and white photograph showing a stationary horse and four women in a two-wheeled cart. Reprint of older photograph.

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 on reverse in pencil

Dispersal sale program Churchill Island dairy shorthorns 3/4/1946 - Churchill Dairy Shorthorn Stud. Dairy Shorthorns

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Catalogue of auction sale of Churchill Island shorthorn cattle

Historical information

Indication of farm product during the 1940s

Significance

Shows output of the farm at this time.

Long steel lathe

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Long steel lathe with black metal

Photograph of Scrub on Churchill Island

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Black and White landscape photograph of an area of bush with tall pine trees, smaller grasses and bushes, and a copse of trees divided by chicken wire.

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 the restoration and building of the Churchill Island precinct and the enormous amount of collaboration and work that went into the development of the heritage area.

Inscriptions & Markings

Catalogue number written on reverse in pencil.

Auger bits X 13

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Surface rust, some paint spots. Sizes stamped on.