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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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1073 items with images

1073 items with images

Auger

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

8 twists in the steel auger with cast iron chuck fused.

Inscriptions & Markings

Chuck: "2" Auger "16" "IRWIN MADE IN USA"

Photograph of a punt

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Black and white photograph of a punt pulled up to the mudflats on Churchill Island.

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 The old San Remo/Newhaven punt. Borrowed by Henry Jenkins after the suspension bridge opened to ferry some equipment over to the island about 1942'

Photograph of digger

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Black and white photograph with white border of a digger and fallen trees

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

Hand drawn map of Churchill Island

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Hand drawn map in pencil on paper of situation and measurements of land contained in Vendor's Title. Attached to solicitor's letter catalogue item No. 0108.1

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 is an example of a hand drawn map of the era, measured in links.

Inscriptions & Markings

[signed] Hen B [bottom right hand corner]

Black and White Photograph of Amess House and Rogers' Cottages

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Black and white photograph of Amess House and Rogers' Cottages taken from the orchard

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 'Unknown source/Arthur Evans thinks was pre-Jenkins' Stamped on reverse 'Quality Paper Made in Germany' 'AGFA' '7970931 1 N N N 2'

Photograph of two people walking to the dam

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Black and white photograph of Billie Wilson and Zelda Lyons walking down the path from Amess House to go for a swim. The large Norfolk Pine is 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. Written in pen on reverse '1940 Self Explaitory. Zelda Lyons Billie Wilson on way for a swim'

Oil Painting

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Daylight scene of Churchill Island shore with sailing boat full sails heading towards shore. In large elaborate faded gold gilt frame matching 0344.

Historical information

Given by Margaret Amess, youngest child of Samuel and Jane, to Mary Clay who was MA's maid until married. M.C. was aunt of donor. One of a pair (see 0344).

Significance

Artist unknown, may have been Margaret Amess or her cousin Minnie Laurence, both of whom practiced art around the turn of the 20th century.

Inscriptions & Markings

On back: PREPARED MILLBOARD./(coat of arms)/WINSOR & NEWTON (Limited),/ARTISTS' COLOURMEN/To Her Majesty,/AND TO/T.R.H. THE PRINCE & PRINCESS OF WALES,/ 38, RATHBONE PLACE, W/NORTH LONDON COLOUR WORKS, KENTISH TOWN, N.W.

TIiller

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Hand pushed two drum tiller, unpainted wooden handle, metal drums

Significance

Unusual object

Lace Trim

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Length of lace trim with scalloped edge and straight selvage edge, floral design on net ground. Machine made

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

Pole and swingle tree

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Long square unpainted pole, red swingle tree, leather fittings

Bag filler and rammer

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Galvanised iron with funnel hopper, half covered, rammer underneath, cylindrical pipe.

Inscriptions & Markings

Barklem /bag filler/&/ rammer/ patent registered no 7012

Lace Trim

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Tatting - fine delicate (Lace Group Embroiderers Guild 1/3/12) Same lace as 0076 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.

Wheel hoe

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

unpainted wooden handles, surface rust on wheel

Photograph of Ted Jenkins being pulled by a horse

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Black and white photograph of Ted Jenkins in a custom cart and wheelchair being pulled by a horse with a foal in the background. Printed on card and cut with scissors.

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 in pencil 'Ted Jenkins in Pony cart c.1940's (war)'

Farm diary 1943

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Diary of Churchill Island farm activity from 1943. Black hard cover with red spine binding.

Historical information

Diary of farm activities

Significance

Contributes to history of heritage farm

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped on front 'THE COMMERCIAL DIARY No. 9 1943' Diary has been written in

adjustable wrench

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

twist design on handle; jaws bent out of shape and worn. Hand-made

Photograph of a white horse hitched to a cart

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Photograph of a white horse hitched to a two seater cart with a man driving the horse.

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 hitched to the Furphy cart with a man holding the reins

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Photograph of horse hitched to the Furphy cart with a man holding the reins

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 a group of people in a greenhouse

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Black and white photograph of a group of people in a greenhouse on Churchill Island. The photograph has a plant in the centre of the frame and has been taken from the outside. Photograph has been printed on a type of card and has a matte finish applied.

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 written in pencil on reverse. Hand written on reverse in pen: "'Gone Potty' re-potting moonah in the greenhouse. Ch. Isld working bee Jan 21 1980."

base glass bottle

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

broken base of black glass bottle, heavy glass.

Historical information

Possibly found on one of the several 'tip sites' on Churchill Island

Photograph of line of trucks and silo

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Black and White photograph of a line of trucks, trailers, and tractors with a concrete grain silo 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. Handwritten on reverse "NOT Churchill Island'

Double furrow mould board plough

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Double furrow moud board plough, two wheels front, one rear, painted brown

View of Amess House and Tank Stand

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Black and white photograph of trees and fences in foreground with Amess House and tank stand visible in background. White border.

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 in pencil on reverse. "Note - Tank stand to right view used for garden water" in pencil on reverse.

Lace Trim

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

length of lace trim, off-white colour; hand-made Torchon (duster) lace; used on underwear

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

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'

Photograph of team and cart

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Black and white photograph showing a team of ten cattle pulling a loaded cart with hessian sacks. A man on a white horse stands alongside them.

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

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 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 four people seated at a table

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Photograph of four people seated at a conference table against vertical blinds forming part of the Museums Australia Victoria organisational meeting.

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

MAV CONFERENCE ORGANISING MEETING/MUSEUMS AUSTRALIA (VICTORIA)/AUG 2016 [handwritten in pen on reverse] Catalogue number written on reverse in pencil.

Photograph of children gathered around an activity table

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Photograph of children gathered around an activity table strewn with glue and dandelion flowers

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

catalogue number written on reverse in pencil