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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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1140 items

Bench hand drill

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

White bench hand drill with black wheels and cogs

"Bicentennial Celebrations at Rhyll" "Churchill Island Bicentennial Celebrations"

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Newspaper article taken from the Phillip Island and San Remo Advertiser p.11 - 12; 13 - 14. March 28 2001. Captioned photos of activities on Churchill island and at Rhyll for the bicentennial celebrations of discovery of Churchill Island and Rhyll by Lt. Grant in 1801.

Bill hook

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Rough pine handle with many borer holes. Commercially made (no ID) cast in socket one end, strap iron riveted other end. Cast blade.

Billie Wilson on Tractor

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Black and white photograph of a women driving a tractor on a muddy ground with wooden/corrugated steel buildings in 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 the reverse. 'Think it is Billie Wilson on Tractor' written in pencil on reverse. 'c.1941' written in pencil in different hand on reverse. 'Kodak Print' stamp on reverse. '6''29' stamp in blue ink on reverse

Black and white aerial photograph

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Black and white aerial photograph of Churchill Island

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 Written in pencil on reverse 'S19' Stamped on reverse: 'VELOX' 'Kodak Print'

Black and white aerial photograph

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Black and white aerial photograph of Churchill Island

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 Written in pencil on reverse 'S19' Stamped on reverse: 'VELOX' 'Kodak Print'

Black and white composite aerial photograph

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Black and white composite aerial photograph showing Churchill Island and a portion of Phillip Island

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 Written in pen on reverse '4 - aerial photos put together Taken?? + By whom??'

Black and white landscape photograph

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Black and white photograph showing a pasture with some trees. Probably taken from Boys' Home on Phillip Island

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 Written in pencil on reverse in multiple hands: 'From Boys Home/end of island' '1930's'

Black and white landscape photograph

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Black and white photograph taken on Churchill Island showing a a dam and a windmill behind a fence.

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 Written in pencil on reverse '"Big Dam" c.1940' 'M'

Black and white landscape photograph

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Black and white photograph taken on Churchill Island of North Cove, with the shoreline being framed by trees

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 Written in pencil on reverse in multiple hands 'North Cove Churchill Island c1940' '69'

Black and white landscape photograph

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Black and white photograph taken on Churchill Island across the inlet showing Phillip Island in the distance

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 Written in pencil on reverse in multiple hands 'Looking over Churchill towards Road c. 1930 - 8' '69' '946'

Black and white landscape photograph

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Black and white photograph taken from the water showing Churchill Island

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 Written in pencil on reverse 'Think this is the island taken from boat in Westernpoint Bay - North point is the right??'

Black and white landscape photograph

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Black and white landscape photograph looking towards Boys' Home crossing. Shoreline with small scattering of trees 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 Looking towards to boys' home crossing'

Black and white landscape photograph

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Black and white landscape photograph taken on north point looking towards the Amess House complex hidden by trees.

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 Taken on north point looking back towards the house'

Black and white landscape photograph of cove

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Black and white landscape photograph of a cove taken from the shelter of trees.

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 Tide out from below the big dam looking towards north point'

Black and white phograph of a cannon

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Black and White photograph of the cannon with cannon balls.

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. CHURCHILL early 1950s'

Black and white phograph of Rogers Cottage

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Black and White photograph of Rogers Cottage and the rose garden with the Coolgardie safe on the balcony.

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: 'CHURCHILL EARLY 1950's'

Black and white photograph of a cart loaded with hay

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Black and White photograph of a horse pulling a load of hay on a cart through an opened gate. A man drives the horse from the top of the hay, and other men can be seen in the background.

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. LOAD OF HAY. Think this is behind the wool room? Behind main house.'

Black and white photograph of a ferry docked on the shoreline

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Black and White photograph of a punt docked up onto Churchill Island. Usually used between San Remo and Newhaven, it was repurposed by Harry Jenkins.

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: '1941. THE OLD PUNT USED TO TAKE CARS AND TRUCKS ACCROSS[sic] FROM SAN REMO TO NEWHAVEN. BORROWED BY HARRY JENKINS TO BRING THE TRACTOR AND OTHER ITEMS ACCROSS FROM PHILLIP ISLAND'

Black and white photograph of a group of people

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Black and white landscape photograph of seven people gathered around the cannon in front of Amess House.

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 In front of the house around the cannon'

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'

Black and white photograph of a man carrying a woman

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Black and White photograph of a man carrying a woman and walking up from the water beside the jetty.

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. The old jetty that was good for swimming and morning (?) during high tide only. GONE NOW. You can see the boys home in the background.

Black and white photograph of a man on farm machinery

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Black and white photograph of a man working a piece of farm machinery being pulled by a horse.

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 '1940 Not sure who it is. But this is looking towards the Boys Home and the crossing'

Black and white photograph of a man pushing wheelbarrow

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Black and White photograph of a man pushing a wheelbarrow along a plank towards the camera.

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. LOADING SUPER PHILLIP ISLAND END'

Black and white photograph of Amess House

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Black and white photograph of the rear balcony of Amess House

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 Written in pencil on reverse 'Churchill House 1953'

Black and White Photograph of Amess House

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Black and white photograph of Amess House

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.

Black and White Photograph of Amess House

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Black and white photograph of Amess House

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 'This I think in around 1936/Probably photos shown Harry Jenkins when he was looking at buying the island'

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'

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'

Black and white photograph of a windcharger

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Black and White photograph of a windcharger used to charge batteries mounted on top of a pine tree.

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. THE WINDCHARGER UP THE PINE TREE - USED TO CHARGE BATTERIES. TOP CUT OFF THE TREE. THIS TREE OUTSIDE THE S/E CORNER OF THE HOMESTEAD NO LONGER THERE THE WASP KILLED ALL THE PINE TREES ON CHURCHILL''