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Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc. COWES, VICTORIA

Visit our historical museum featuring exhibitions on geology, maritime history, aboriginal culture, natural history, early settlers and Phillip Island's schools, cemetery and bridges. Changing displays. Videos of the history and wildlife of Phillip Island and district are also available for viewing. The society meets monthly at the Heritage Centre Cowes, from Feb to November at 2:30pm on the second Wednesday of the month. Visitors are welcome.

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Heritage Centre 89 Thompson Avenue P O Box 816 Cowes Victoria 3922
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+61 +61 (0)3 5956 8501

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Opening Hours

Thursdays: 10 am to 12 noon Saturdays: 10 am to 12 noon Tuesdays: (School holidays only): 10 am to 12 noon (Not open Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day, Good Friday and Anzac Day). Groups and schools by appointment.

Entry Fee

Adult admission by "gold coin" donation, children and students are free!

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Heritage Centre 89 Thompson Avenue COWES VICTORIA

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Book - dragon and the lotus

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Inscriptions & Markings

Labelled 'A.H. Spencer Pty Ltd, New, Secondhand & Rare Booksellers, 86 Bourke St Melbourne, (The Hill of Content) Aust., Tel. Cent. 8856'. Inscribed 'Margaret Hooper, 1930'. Labelled 'Himmer Bequest'.

Book - Lord Howe Island, world heritage area

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph of Seals on Seal Rocks

Historical information

One of a collection of over 400 photographs in an album commenced in 1960 and presented to the Phillip Island & Westernport Historical Society by the Shire of Phillip Island

Book - journal of Post Captain Nicolas Baudin, Commander-in-Chief of the Corvettes Geographe and Naturaliste, assigned by order of the government to a voyage of discovery; trans. Christine Cornell, foreword Jean-Paul Faivre

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed: M. Weidenhofer 1974. For David with best wishes Maggie Reid (Weidenhofer).

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White photograph copy of the Phillip Island Hotel

Historical information

One of 20 photographs/postcards donated by Mary Karney

Inscriptions & Markings

On back: "Phillip Ils Hotel

Photograph - Rhyll Cricket Team

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Coloured photo of Rhyll Cricket Team 1977-1978

Historical information

Dates and names from Phillip Island sporting display compiled by Christine Grayden July 2016. Back row - John McFee, Peter Wright, Alan Cleeland, Robert Eddy, Jim McFee, Stan McFee Front row - Martin Hayes, Robert Cleeland, Terry Rhodes, Russell Cleeland, Des Carlson

Inscriptions & Markings

John

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Sepia Postcard - view of Cowes Beach and Jetty

Historical information

Part of collection of Photographs donated to the Museum by the family of the late Mr. Jack Jenner (1977).

Inscriptions & Markings

Labelled "Mr Cox's Hut on Beach, left of Jetty, Cowes".

Book - works of George Eliot : Daniel Deronda, v. 2, bks. 3-6

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Inscriptions & Markings

Labelled: Cowes Free Public Library. Labelled: Phillip Island Historical Society, Cleeland Bequest.

Photograph Album - Phillip Island Cemetery

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Jack Robinson Oswin: Many of the trees now flourishing in the cemetery grounds were planted by Jack Oswin and his wife Coral. Born in Mildura in 1909, his association with Phillip Island started when he attended the Cowes Primary School during the war years. He was foundation member of the Phillip Island Conservation Society and played a key role in the purchases of the area of land known as Conservation Hill. In the early 1980s he was awarded the British Empire Medal in recognition for his services to conservation. Jack died on December 4th 1990, aged 81 years.

Historical information

The Album was compiled by Nancy McHaffie late 1990's, with the assistance of Edith Jeffery's, with her book "Garden of Memories" and extensive knowledge of Phillip Island. The Cemetery lies back from the road and is surrounded by Manna Gums, rare Peppermint Gums, Blackwoods and other native trees. In all 25 acres of land were set aside as Crown Land in the land settlement of 1868. There are 6.2 acres of wetlands near the cemetery entrance.

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph of Cape Woolamai looking south east.

Historical information

One of a collection of over 400 photographs in an album commenced in 1960 and presented to the Phillip Island & Westernport Historical Society by the Shire of Phillip Island

Photograph - Anderson Family

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Bessy Anderson with friends in "going-out" outfits and hats. This photo may be of Annie Anderson and not Bessy as there is confusion as to which person was actually Robert Anderson snr.'s 2nd wife. Bessy Fleming or Annie Grant.

Historical information

This photograph belonged to the Anderson Family before being acquired by the Museum.

Photograph Album - Phillip Island Cemetery

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

466-21: Henry Bennell was known as "Bricky" Bennell. Henry or Harry as he was sometimes called, was the Island's firs bricklayer. He was married to Elizabeth West, daughter of John West, who owned the first Chicory Kiln on the Island in what is now Thompson Avenue. Henry Died on September 14th, 1940, aged 68 years. 466-22: Captain David Reid J. B. Captain Reid served as a Councillor of the Phillip Island and Woolamai Shire in 1875. He was the first Trustee and President, as well as being instrumental in establishing a school at Rhyll on block 13 about 1870. He died in 1891 at the age of 75.

Historical information

The Album was compiled by Nancy McHaffie late 1990's, with the assistance of Edith Jeffery's, with her book "Garden of Memories" and extensive knowledge of Phillip Island. The Cemetery lies back from the road and is surrounded by Manna Gums, rare Peppermint Gums, Blackwoods and other native trees. In all 25 acres of land were set aside as Crown Land in the land settlement of 1868. There are 6.2 acres of wetlands near the cemetery entrance.

Newspaper Clipping

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph of a newspaper clipping for the Golden Wedding Anniversary of William & Annie McFee. Celebrated at the home of Annie's parents in Box Hill on the 15th July 1874.

Historical information

One of a collection of over 400 photographs & clippings in an album commenced in 1960 and presented to the Phillip Island & Westernport Historical Society by the Shire of Phillip Island

Book - Secrets of the seaside suburbs : a guide to the wildlife of Port Phillip

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed 'to Sharyn with best wishes Meyer Eidelson'. Donor: David Cassells.

Document - Merit Certificate - Alice Clark

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Merit Certificate given to Alice Clark for completing the Course of Study prescribed for Elementary Schools at Ventnor School on the 13th November 1942.

Historical information

Part of three items Alice Robinson donated to the Society.

Inscriptions & Markings

As per photograph

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Two storey Victorian Hotel - Bergins Hotel San Remo

Historical information

Two storey hotel fronting road, behind withe picket fence, wrought iron filigree on both stories, gabled roofing, grey and white striped awning from roof. Attic on top of building. Two short chimneys front, two large on either side. Side buildings to left of photo. Walking man at front gate.

Book - Foreign reminiscences

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Book - new beginning : a history of St Paul's Home for Boys, Newhaven

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped 'Phillip Island & District Historical Society'. Donor: Geoff Walker 5.8.1992

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Postcard showing a seal at rest on Seal Rocks.

Historical information

This postcard is contained in an album presented to the then Governor of Victoria, The Earl of Stradbroke, by the fathers of soldiers & returned soldiers of Phillip Island, on 16/02/1923. The history of the album is noted on Reg. No 85-00

Inscriptions & Markings

The Rose Series P747. Seal Rocks, Phillip Island.

Photograph - Post Card

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White postcard of Lover's Walk Cowes. Pathway going over little wooden bridge.

Historical information

One of 11 photographs left in the museum for the Society by an anonymous donor.

Inscriptions & Markings

Photo Shop Series Lover's Walk 5.3.47. Cowes

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White photograph of the Genista arriving at the Cowes Pier.

Historical information

One of a collection of photographs donated by Bruce Bennett

Inscriptions & Markings

On back: "Genista - Cowes"

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Coloured photograph of a woman on a pathway possibly at The Nobbies.

Historical information

One of a collection of 13 photographs donated by Ralph Correy

Whale's Rib

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Whale's Rib found in sand off Back Beach 1890 by Charles McGregor, Ventnor.

Historical information

Whale probably slaughtered by Whalers living on Phillip Island in early days, probably prior to 1826.

Book - Every man his own mechanic : a complete and comprehensive guide to every description of constructive and decorative work that may be done by the amateur artisan at home and in the colonies to which has been added an appendix presenting a review of new woods, new tools, and appliances, etc.

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped 'A.W. McNeill'. Labelled 'This book belonged to Archie McNeil who was engineer on the S.S. Narrabeen 1928 as mentioned in the book Western Port Ferries'.

Postcard

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

View of beach near the pier at Cowes showing Cox's hut and (behind the trees) the Jetty shed.

Historical information

This Postcard came from the estate of Keith McIlwraith on 20th July, 1983.

Newspaper clippings

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Article in which Mr Dunstan, Premier of Victoria, announced that a bridge would be built at a cost of £30,000, between San Remo and Newhaven.

Historical information

Article in The Herald newspaper

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Sepia Photograph of farming scene at Shetland Heights, probably branding. Jessie Smith's father, Mr. Small, shown with his hands on the fence.

Historical information

This Photograph was donated by Jessie Smith to Stanley Joseph McFee.

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph of group of 3 people in front of farmhouse? with a horse, dog and cow. Very tall Chimney.

Historical information

Three people standing outside early dwelling. Horse, cow and dog in photo.

Postcard

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Road to the Back Beach, about 1.5 kilometres from Cowes

Historical information

This Postcard came from the Estate of Keith McIlwraith on 20th July, 1983

Photographs

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

221-01 Photograph of Suspension Bridge taken from Quarry area with Bass Hills in the background. 221-02 Copy of a Postcard of the Phillip Island Granite Quarry at Cape Woolamai. Rocks in the foreground and jetty with crane on the right. An F & J Postcard. 221-03 Photograph of W Kennon's Jetty at Cape Woolamai with large rocks on the beach in the foreground. 221-04 Photograph of Mr C Richardson standing in front of a beacon at Cape Woolamai.

Historical information

Four photographs donated by Jim Osterlund