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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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401 items

401 items

wood splitting wedge

Key words

wood
splitting
wedge
tool
tools
farm
churchill island

wedge with groove to prevent sticking. Worn top, burred over

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Double ended spanner

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double
ended
spanner
tool
tools
churchill island
farm

stainless steel, some pitting. One end slightly smaller than the other

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Lace Trim

Key words

lace
janet amess lace collection
churchill island
amess
trim

Tamboured net. Limerick style. Embroidery - hand or machine? (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.

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Grindstone on metal stand

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grindstone

Large sandstone grinding stone on metal stand , surfacew rust

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Rip saw

Key words

rip saw
woodworkers tools
churchill island
amess barn

Steel blade with surface rust; wooden handle with borer holes. Brass rivets.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Kangaroo" brand.

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

tennon saw

Key words

tennon saw; churchill island; amess barn

Cast steel blade and walnut handle. Surface rust and some paint spots on blade. "Nonpariel" brand. Elephant trade mark on handle and blade.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Nonpariel" brand. Elephant trade mark on handle and blade. W T Jackson Sheffield.

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Diary

Key words

churchill island
harry jenkins
photos
diary

Small black diary "Daimler" 1955? Appears to include camera settings for photos including bridge.

Historical information

Notebook containing camera settings of pictures including the bridge.

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Lace Piece

Key words

lace
churchill island
janet amess lace collection
amess
embroidery

Machine made net with coloured hand embroidery. 1920s from underwear (Lace Group Embroiderers Guild 1/3/12). Cut from larger piece

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.

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Thread cutter

Thread cutter with two handles. Adjusting screw inside jaw

Inscriptions & Markings

"V" punched in. Die: "7/16 V"

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

wedge

Key words

timber splitting
blacksmith made
churchill island heritage farm
olinda
shady creek
wilfred dungan collection

blacksmith made; hand-hammered relief groove. Well used - top mushroomed out.

Historical information

Used in conjunction with other wood splitting/cutting tools donated by Wilfred Dungan

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Box spanner

Key words

box
spanner
tool
tools
churchill island
farm

large box spanner #2 cast; socket for extension. Shows screw marks from casting

Inscriptions & Markings

W E CARY LTD

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

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Sea Chest

Key words

john rogers
sea chest
churchill island
immigration

Wooden with hinged lid. Some paint stains. Most unpainted.

Historical information

Used by John Rogers on voyage from England to Australia. Subsequently used by Rogers family for storage.

Inscriptions & Markings

JOHN ROGERS/WANTED ON THE VOYAGE

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Farm diary 1944

Key words

churchill island
harry jenkins
farm history
margaret campbell
diary

Small green diary

Historical information

Farm diary kept by Harry Jenkins and transferred to Sister Margaret Campbell. Given to Arthur Evans on auction day, c 1973.

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

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Photograph

Key words

churchill island
friends of churchill island
volunteers

A4 colour photo of 15 Churchill Island FOCIS volunteers at Churchill Island in garden c 1900s (?). Most identified and named on back of photo. Landscape orientation.

Historical information

Volunteering has a long tradition on Churchill Island. FOCIS (Friends of Churchill Island Society) established in 1980.

Inscriptions & Markings

Names on back. "From Pat Baird/Ann Penaluna"

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

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Mortice axe

Modern handle. Blacksmith made. some pitting.

Inscriptions & Markings

Long V decoration along head.

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

combination spanner/single claw hammer

Key words

combination
spanner
claw
hammer
tool
tools
churchill island
farm

purpose made with large spanner at one end of handle and single claw hammer at other end

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Seed drill

Key words

farm machinery
planting
seed drill
horse drawn
converted to tractor towed

Burgundy seed drill with cream wheels converted to tractor towing with blue metal towbar

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Lace Piece x 2

Key words

churchill island
lace
janet amess lace collection
amess

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

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Trim, Black Beaded

Key words

janet amess lace collection
churchill island
lace
sequined
amess
trim

2 layers - one strong background with fine top layer with beadwork - hand or machine? (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: "Black beaded trimming (hand beaded)".

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Periodical - The Australian Farm & Home, VOL. LI No. 4

Key words

the australian farm & home
journal of the royal agricultural society of victoria
the churchill stud
dairy shorthorn
capt. e.w. dixon
harry jenkins
churchill island

Paper periodical publication 'The Australian Farm & Home', Journal of The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria, VOL. LI-No.4, April 30, 1942, containing an article 'The Churchill Stud' by Capt. E.W. Dixon

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

Demonstrates Harry Jenkins interest and involvement in farming and cattle.

Inscriptions & Markings

'Mrs. Jenkins' [front page, left hand side], 'Printed Matter Only. Mr. Ted Jenkins, Churchill Island via Newhaven', [back cover, left hand side]

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Bonnet, Baby

Key words

lace
churchill island
janet amess lace collection
baby
bonnet
amess
clothing

Machine lace. Can display with calico cushion inside. (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.

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

spanner

Badly rusted. Thin metal. Probably came with a tool kit for a particular piece of machinery

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Cheese Press

Key words

farm machinery
dairy
churchill island
cheese
hand operated

Metal cheese press, white

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Horse drawn sled

Key words

farm machinery
historic
sled
horse drawn

Fourteen unpainted boards, metal ends; swingle trace on galvanised chain

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

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Wicker Wheelchair

Key words

churchill island
early wheelchair
amess barn

Cane wheelchair with small metal wheels. Curved arms supported on each side by single strut. Decorative scroll top centre of backrest. Hole in wickerwork of seat. Diamond pattern in backrest. Fold-away solid footplate under seat.

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

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Cattle Ear Tag #29

Key words

churchill island
dairy shorthorn
harry jenkins
clearing sale
ear tag

Fawn coloured medium weight cardboard cattle ear tag #29 black print. Oblong with rounded corners and remnant of hole punched at one end. For "Churchill Whisper 3rd".

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Journal of Churchill Island farm expenditure 1941-2

Key words

churchill island
farming history
farm economics
farm activity
journal

Journal with red title print and red spine showing farm expenditure 1941-2.

Historical information

Record of farm expenditure, 1941-2 for Churchill Island farm owned by Harry Jenkins 1936-1963.

Significance

Shows historic farm activity on Churchill Island

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Paper Receipt

Key words

warley bush nursing hospital
cowes
phillip island
churchill island

Donation receipt from Warley Bush Nursing Hospital Cowes, Phillip Island, No. 3522, received from Churchill Island Family in sum of 50 pounds for a bed, dated 21.5.1962

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

Demonstrates involvement with local community

Inscriptions & Markings

21.5.196, Churchill Island Family, fifthy [pounds], Donation - Bed, 50, [signed] M.J. Beaton

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Comet Windmill

Key words

farm
machinery
windmill
water
pumping
dams
dam
churchill island
comet

Windmill on metal stand "COMET" painted on silver vane. Restored in 1980s.

Historical information

Comet Windmills was founded in Rockhampton, Queensland in 1879 by Sidney Williams. The Comet became known as "Australia's Leading Mill". The company survived two world wars and three generations of the family and was sold in 1992 and terminated in 1998.

Significance

Probably the oldest working mill of its model in Gippsland

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

cross cut saw

one end original minus handle. Other end has replaced handle. Steel

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven