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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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936 items with images

936 items with images

Photocopy of Churchill Island Visitors' Book 1881 - 1902

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Photocopy of 92 page document of the 1881 - 1902 Churchill Island Visitors' book containing handwritten entries from people who stayed at the Island during the time of Samuel Amess and his son (also named Samuel). Photocopies are housed in a red folder.

Historical information

Churchill Island Heritage Farm has a long and interesting history. From 1872, Samuel Amess was the primary owner of Churchill Island, having purchased it from the Rogers family. During his time on the Island, he built the main house and developed the surrounding land and gardens significantly as a holiday house away from the pollution of Melbourne. This photocopy of the original visitor's book (whose location is unknown) provides a valuable insight into the visitors who were regularly hosted at Churchill Island by the Amess family.

Wagon wheel

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Intact wagon wheel unpainted

Photograph of a dinosaur skeleton's front arms

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Photograph of a dinosaur skeleton's front arms behind a glass screen in front of a corrugated steel wall

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Catalogue number on reverse in pencil.

Photograph of a half-buried skeleton

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Photograph of a half-buried skeleton in sand in a corrugated iron shed

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Catalogue number on reverse in pencil.

Photograph of a skeleton of Psittacosaurus Mongoliensis

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Photograph of a skeleton of Psittacosaurus Mongoliensis in a vitrine

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Catalogue number on reverse in pencil.

Photograph of dinosaur skeleton

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Photograph of dinosaur skeleton mounted behind a glass screen in front of a sign reading 'Ghosts of the great Russian dinosaurs'

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Catalogue number on reverse in pencil.

Photograph of two models of dinosaurs

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Photograph of two models of dinosaurs on sand inside a corrugated iron shed

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Catalogue number on reverse in pencil.

Photograph of skeleton in a vitrine

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Photograph of skeleton in a vitrine

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Catalogue number on reverse in pencil.

Photograph of two dinosaur models

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Photograph of two dinosaur models in a corrugated iron shed on sand.

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Catalogue number on reverse in pencil.

Photograph of skeleton of Protoceratops Andrewsi in vitrine

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Photograph of skeleton of Protoceratops Andrewsi in vitrine

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Catalogue number on reverse in pencil.

Photograph of small skeleton in glass vitrine

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Photograph of small skeleton in glass vitrine

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Catalogue number on reverse in pencil.

Photograph of 'Dirt on their hands' display in the Visitor's Centre

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Photograph of 'Dirt on their hands' display in the Visitor's Centre showing maps, photographs, and informational text.

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Catalogue number on reverse in pencil.

Photograph of Cherry's Patent display

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Photograph of Cherry's Patent display with photographs in the background. Taken in the Visitor's Centre.

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Catalogue number on reverse in pencil.

Photograph of 'Strait sailin'' Visitor's Centre Display

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Photograph of 'Strait sailin'' Visitor's Centre Display showing portraits of Matthew Flinders and George Bass with maps and informational text.

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Catalogue number on reverse in pencil.

Photograph of the 'Homestead Garden' Visitor's Centre Display

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Photograph of the 'Homestead Garden' Visitor's Centre Display with informational text, photographs mounted on cork.

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Catalogue number on reverse in pencil.

Photoraph of the 'FOCIS' display in the Visitor's Centre

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Photoraph of the 'FOCIS' display in the Visitor's Centre with signs for the 1993 Photo Competition Spring Festival with winning entries from 1992

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Catalogue number on reverse in pencil.

Photograph of 'Birds of this area' display

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Photograph of 'Birds of this area' display with drawings of birds mounted on coloured paper and a sign for the 'Bird Observers Club of Australia'

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Catalogue number on reverse in pencil.

Photograph of 'Modern History' display in the Visitor's Centre

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Photograph of 'Modern History' display in the Visitor's Centre with written information and photographs mounted on board

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Catalogue number on reverse in pencil.

Photograph of 'First Impressions' display in the Visitor's Centre

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Photograph of 'First Impressions' display in the Visitor's Centre showing aerial photographs and images taken from a jetty along with informational diagrams.

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Catalogue number on reverse in pencil.

Photograph of drawings by W.E.S.B.O.C in the Visitor's Centre Display

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Photograph of drawings of birds mounted on colour pieces of paper with a hand written sign saying 'W.E.S.B.O.C Westernport Bird observers Club' in the Churchill Island Visitor's Centre Display

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Catalogue number on reverse in pencil.

Photograph of shells in a shelved vitrine

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Photograph of shells in a shelved vitrine in the Visitor's Centre Display

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Catalogue number on reverse in pencil.

Photograph of birds on the Visitor's Centre Display

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Photograph of bird drawings mounted board in the Visitor's Centre Display

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Catalogue number on reverse in pencil.

Photograph of 'Sturdy Survivors' Visitor's Centre Display

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Photograph of 'Sturdy Survivors' Visitor's Centre Display with informational texts and photographs of Phillip Island's flora and fauna

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Catalogue number on reverse in pencil.

Photograph of Visitor's Centre display

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Photograph of Visitor's Centre Display showing many photographs of the surrounding Churchill Island arranged on a large board

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Catalogue number on reverse in pencil.

Photograph of Visitor's Centre Display

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Photograph of Visitor's Centre Display showing historic buildings, a map of the Heritage Precinct

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Catalogue number on reverse in pencil.

Photograph of Visitor's Centre Display

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Photograph of Visitor's Centre Display showing landscape photographs and informational text

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Catalogue number on reverse in pencil.

Photograph of 'Window to the Past' visitor's display

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Photograph of 'Window to the Past' display in Churchill Island's visitor's centre with maps and photographs

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Catalogue number on reverse in pencil.

Photograph of Visitor's display of Churchill Island

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Photograph of the visitor's centre display showing a map of Churchill Island with information and photographs.

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Catalogue number on reverse in pencil.

Photograph of white horse pulling a cart in front of Amess Barn

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Photograph of white horse pulling a cart in front of Amess Barn

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 pulling people in a wagon

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Photograph of horses pulling people in a wagon

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 Written in reverse in pen '3' Attached Post-It note on reverse 'Churchill Island's new wagon in action'