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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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adjustable wrench

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

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

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adjustable wrench

Cast jaws on rod. Handmade. Jaws badly warped. Surface rust and paint spots

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Adze

Key words

adze
churchill island
farm
axe
tool
tools
blacksmithing
smithing
blacksmith

Rusted, well worn, blacksmith made with bias on blade. No handle. An adze is a tool similar to an axe.

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Adze

Key words

hytest
adze
axe
tool
tools
farming
farm
churchill island

Fairly modern standard adze, a tool similar to an axe, with an arched blade at right angles to the handle, used for cutting or shaping large pieces of wood.

Historical information

Hytest is regarded as best Australian brand of axe.

Inscriptions & Markings

Hytest

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Aerial Photograph of Churchill Island

Key words

churchill island
aerial photograph

Muted aerial photograph of Churchill Island. Small portion of plane's wing visible in bottom left corner.

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. Print on reverse bottom: “COWES 03601 NNNBA” Printed over reverse: “THIS PAPER MANUFACTURED BY KODAK”

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Aerial Photograph of Churchill Island

Key words

churchill island
aerial photography

Black and White photograph showing an aerial view of Churchill Island with Phillip Island in the background. A propeller is visible in the bottom right corner of the photograph.

Inscriptions & Markings

Catalogue number written in pencil on the reverse. 'S19' written in pencil on reverse. 'Kodak Print' stamped on reverse twice. 'VELOX' stamped diagonally on reverse.

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Aerial Photograph of Churchill Island

Key words

churchill island
aerial photography

Black and White aerial photograph of Churchill Island with Phillip Island in the background. A propeller can be seen in the foreground on the right side.

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. 'Another air shot' written in pen on reverse. 'c.1930s' written in pencil on reverse.

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Aerial Photograph of Churchill Island

Key words

churchill island
aerial photography

Black and White aerial photograph of Churchill Island with Phillip Island in the background. A propeller can be seen in the foreground on the right side.

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. 'Churchill Is 1.1.40.' Written in pencil on reverse. 'Capt Patterson A.N.A' written in pencil on reverse '5''34' stamped in black ink on reverse. 'VELOX' stamped diagonally on reverse

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Aerial Photograph of Churchill Island

Key words

churchill island

Black and White aerial photograph of Churchill Island taken from a plane, the propeller partially visible in the bottom right corner.

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. FROM THE AIR'

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Aerial photograph of estuary

Key words

churchill island
aerial photograph
estuary

Black and White aerial photograph of estuary. White border.

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. "EJ4/30" on reverse in pencil

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Aerial photograph of estuary

Key words

churchill island
aerial photography
estuary

Black and white aerial photograph of estuary. Plane wing visible in bottom left corner. White border

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. "EJ4/28" on reverse in pencil

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Aerial Photograph of estuary

Key words

churchill island
aerial photograph
estuary

Black and White aerial photograph of estuary with white border.

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. "EJ4/31" on reverse in pencil

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Aerial View of Churchill Island

Key words

photograph
churchill island

Black and White photograph showing aerial view 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. 'Churchill Is. 1.1.40 Photo Capt Patterson A.N.A' written on reverse in pencil '5''34' stamped in black on reverse. 'VELOX' stamped repeatedly in diagonal pattern on reverse

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Aerial view of estuary

Key words

churchill island
aerial photography
estuary

Black and white aerial photograph of estuary. Plane wing is visible in bottom left corner. White border.

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. "EJ4/29" on reverse in pencil

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Air Rifle Shooting For Elementary, Secondary, Grammar and Public Schools

Key words

harry jenkins
churchill island
shooting
air rifle

Pamphlet by Harry Berkley Score from collection of Dr Harry Jenkins

Historical information

Harry Jenkins had served in the Boer War and was a crack shot. He taught many visitors to Churchill Island how to shoot and had a collection of guns and rifles.

Significance

Probably used this booklet to teach young people about, and how to shoot with air rifles.

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

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Amess Family Tree

Key words

amess family
family history
genealogy

30pp starting with Samuel Amess b. 1730 m. Elizabeth (Annison) 26/12/1750 at St Michael and All Angel's, Barton Turf, Norfolk, England - Jaxon Charles Doherty, 11th generation b. 7/10/2012. Plastic comb binding. Black and white. Compiled by Geoff Collier.

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Argus camera

Key words

churchill island
harry jenkins
camera
argus seventy-five
hanimex

Camera owned by Dr Harry Jenkins with original box

Historical information

Possibly used to take photos of island activities which are held in archive

Significance

Used by Harry Jenkins to take photos of activities at this time.

Inscriptions & Markings

"argus/ seventy-five" at top on lens: ARGUS LUMAR 75mm MADE IN AUSTRALIA at side of front: INST/TIME

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

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Auction Advertising Booklet - "Historic Churchill Island. Westernport Bay."

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churchill island
sister campbell
auction
alex scott and co p/l

6 inside pages plus front and back cover. Pinkish tinge, black print. Photos, map, text - typed and handwritten. For Churchill Island auction by Sister Margaret Campbell Saturday June 2nd 2:30PM 1973. Agent: Alex Scott and Co. P/L.

Inscriptions & Markings

"CAFFYN" on front cover top right

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Auger

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

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Auger bits X 13

Surface rust, some paint spots. Sizes stamped on.

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

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"A Voyage of Discovery - Celebrating the Bicentenary of Lt. Grant's Journey into Western Port in the Vessel, the Lady Nelson"

Key words

churchill island
rhyll
lady nelson
lt. james grant
bicentenary

Newspaper liftout from the Phillip Island and San Remo Advertiser, Wednesday March 21, 2001 pp 13-16 (included). Includes bio of Lt. Grant; program of 200 year celebrations at Churchill Island and Rhyll; information about "Lady Nelson". Thursday March 22 - Sunday March 25, 2001. 2 copies.

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Babcock Milk Tester

Key words

farm
machinery
dairy
equipment
babcock tester
hand operated
fat content
babcock
churchill island

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

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Bag filler and rammer

Key words

galvanised
iron
bag
filler
rammer
tools
tool
farm
churchill island

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

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Bag hanger

Key words

farm machinery
bag hanger
improvisation
hand made
churchill island

Hoome made unpainted metal bag hanger with shearer plough wheels base. Ring to hold bag stored separately

Significance

Good example of farm improvisation

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Bag lifter

Key words

churchill island
farm machinery
lifter

Metal crook with two gently curved arms, and used for lifting bags

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

base glass bottle

Key words

black glass
bottle
churchill island
rubbish tip

broken base of black glass bottle, heavy glass.

Historical information

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

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

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

Key words

shenandoah
american civil war
melbourne
williamstown
captain waddell
port melbourne

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.

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Bed Jacket

Key words

janet amess lace collection
lace
churchill island
janet
amess
bed
jacket
garment
clothing
hand
sewn
bobbin
machine

Motifs hand sewn on to machined net; bobbin tape on seams (NGV) Princess machine lace machine made motifs hand-applied (Lace Group Embroiderers Guild 1/3/12) See photos (4) See also 0086 cuff.

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.

Inscriptions & Markings

Packaged with note: "Machined lace bed jacket. Janet Amess 1860. From Kel Bright Collection with separated cuff".

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

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Bed jacket

Key words

janet amess lace collection
lace
churchill island
bed
jacket
amess

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.

Inscriptions & Markings

Packaged with note "Fine cotton bed jacket. Hand embroidered scalloped edge."

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Bed Jacket, Cuff

Key words

janet amess lace collection
lace
churchill island
janet
amess
bed
jacket
cuff
garment
clothing
princess
machine
bobbin

Cuff from 0086. Motifs hand sewn on to machined net. Bobbin tape on seams (NGV) Princess machine lace. Machine made motifs hand appliqued on (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.

Inscriptions & Markings

Packaged with note: "Limerick lace bed jacket Janet Amess 1860 from Kel Bright collection with separated cuff".

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven