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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 COWES VICTORIA
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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 - East Lynne

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph 215-01 Black & White photograph of 3 people standing in front of Mr Anderson's shop in Cowes. Miss D Winson?? Mr O S Kennedy & Mr R Anderson. Photograph 215-02 Black & White photograph of landing cranes on the Cowes pier. Cowes foreshore and mature trees in background. Photograph 215-03 Black & White photograph of the early construction of Phillip Island bridge viewed from Phillip Island. Shows the base structure of the first bridge. Photograph 215-04 Black & White photograph of the Newhaven - San Remo Punt on the shore on the Phillip Island side. Photograph 215-05 Black & White photograph of Edward (Ted) Sands standing in front of R Anderson's shop in Cowes. Photograph 215-06 Black & White photograph of a koala in tree in front of shed and water tanks. Photograph 215-07 Black & White photograph of the Isle of Wight Hotel showing front footpath and shop next door. Photograph 215-08 Black & White Photograph of the Cowes beach at low tide, showing mature trees on the foreshore and boats in the water. Photograph 215-09 Black & White Photograph of Mr R Anderson's Shop in Cowes.

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Nine photographs from a collection of 33 donated by Leonie Brennan. Photographs belonged to Edward (Ted) Sands, hairdresser.

Inscriptions & Markings

All photographs except for one marked on front with "Cowes" the month and year 1940.

Newspaper Clipping - Five Life Governor Certificates

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photo and article on Warley Hospital five new Life Governors.

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Collection of Newspaper clippings from Scrap Book 1960 - 1973

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White photograph of the Cowes State School children in Fancy Dress at the Shire Hall.

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Kevin Findlay and the Goodall family in the photograph. Photo donated by Kevin Findlay.

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph of The Blowhole with The Nobbies in the background.

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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

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph from the rear of a Motor Vehicle being driven onto the Punt to cross the Eastern Passage. San Remo in the background.

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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

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph of a Koala climbing a tree trunk - comment in album underneath three photos of a koala - "Teddy looks for a grandstand" under this photo - "I must see this"

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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 - patriot. Trans. From the German Der Patriot by Cyrus Brooks.

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photographs - The Road to The Nobbies, Phillip Island

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White Postcard. View of the Nobbies Road with horse and trap about to cross bridge.

Historical information

Part of a collection of 'Rose & Valentine' series of Post Cards. Copied by John Jansson 1984

Inscriptions & Markings

The Rose Series No. 3427. The Road to The Nobbies, Cowes, Phillip Island, Victoria

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph of a group of children outside Cowes State School

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

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White photograph of The Blowhole with The Nobbies in the background.

Historical information

One of a collection of 15 photographs/postcards donated by Lois Mullins

Inscriptions & Markings

"The Blowhole and The Nobbies, Phillip Island"

Photograph - Post Card

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White photograph of people on Cowes beach with four beach umbrellas in the foreground. Trees and grass to the left of photograph.

Historical information

One of two photograps donated by Dr Cook

Inscriptions & Markings

"The Beach, Cowes". Valentine, Series No. 2267 Copywright

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Esplanade, San Remo

Historical information

Broad view of The Esplanade beneath an overhanging branch of tree, looking at hotels and shops. On the right is a large bush to the left a large tree. A bus, car and truck are parked to left and unidentifiable figures of people walking to and fro across the road.

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Scene showing Shetland Ponies on the Smalls' property at Shetland Heights.

Historical information

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

Chicory Kiln

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Model Chicory Kiln made of painted match wood in Glass Case.

Historical information

Made by Mr Titcher for his personal collection. Displayed in Mrs Audrey McFee's miniature Chicory Kiln. After it was closed donated to Historical Society.

Inscriptions & Markings

Chicory Kiln early 1900's - scale model by Robert Titcher, Dandenong. 1/4" to 1 Foot.

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White Photograph. Chicory Kiln. Kingston Gardens. Mr. V. Johnston. Built for Mr. de la Haye. Very early bricks. Thought to be from McHaffie Homestead and later from Innishowen. These bricks could have been originally from Corinella Settlement. Walls also show pieces of local rock, iron piping, bedsteads etc. Chicory Kiln Album.

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Donated by N.M. & J.D. Archibald, 1973 April.

Photograph - Post Card

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Coloured Postcard of boat pulled in at Jetty. Figures with two drays and shed with second jetty behind. Tree in left foreground.

Historical information

Donated by A. Wilkie

Inscriptions & Markings

"Phillip Island from San Remo Harbour".

Book - Lowlands of Scotland / John R. Allan

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Inscriptions & Markings

Labelled 'Himmer Bequest'. Stamped 'Cowes Public Library'. Inscribed 'Aline Cohen', 'To dearest Mim & Rudi with best love from Lal'.

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Rego's Cafe in Thompson Avenue Cowes

Historical information

Rego's Cafe in Thompson Avenue with their top storey residence. On the verandah is the title Pizza - Restaurant and Take Away. Two bay windows are a feature of the upper storey. The next door building is obscured by a tree. The Cafe section of building is in darkness. In foreground is low wooden retaining wall.

Newspaper Clipping

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Article about the profit of $400 from Back to Phillip Island Celebrations be used for a School Bursary.

Historical information

Article from a collection of newspaper clippings from October 1968 to July 1971

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Churchill Island from Newhaven, Phillip Island

Historical information

On 28th March 1801, Lieut James Grant, in the "Lady Nelson" landed and planted seeds for Victoria's first garden. He named the island after John Churchill Esq. of Dawlish, Co Devon who had supplied the seeds.

Inscriptions & Markings

The Rose Series P.696 Churchill Is., from Newhaven, Phillip Is., Victoria

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White Photograph - Group of Adults in front of Cowes School - Back to Phillip Island 1926

Historical information

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

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White Aerial photograph of the two bridges linking San Remo with Newhaven, Phillip Island. San Remo Jetty and township bottom left foreground. Newhaven on the top.

Historical information

One of 16 photographs and postcards donated by Mary Karney

Inscriptions & Markings

On back: "Two bridges San Remo 1969."

Photographs

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Two photos of Glen Isla Guest House. The second one has "Glen Isla" Cowes on the front with "Marilyn" written across it.

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Two photographs donated by Marilyn Todd

Inscriptions & Markings

"Glen Isla" Marilyn - Cowes - 2nd photo

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Sepia Postcard - View of Seals on rocks, Phillip Island.

Historical information

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

Newspaper clippings

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Article on arrival of George Bass at Westernport - early history of John Cleeland including his farming and horse racing interests.

Historical information

Arrival of George Bass at Westernport - History of John Cleeland and his farming & horse racing interests. Quarrying at Cape Woolamai. Loss of Ketch Kermandie.

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Rose Series (P.658) The Pier Cowes. Phillip Island

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Photograph of early Cowes Pier

Boomerang

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

A heavy hunting and fighting boomerang with an incised design typical of the area of origin. Striped ovals design - little bird feet.

Historical information

Unknown

Photographs

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Seven photographs of the Opening Ceremony of the Phillip Island Bridge on the 21st November 1969. 291-01. Photograph of Cr Bill Papworth addressing the crowd with Official party in the background. 291-02. Photograph of Hon. M. V. Porter & wife cutting the ribbon. 291-03. Photograph of official cars crossing the bridge. 291-04. Photograph of the crowd on the bridge. 291-05. Photograph of Official party and speech by Hon. M. V. Porter. MLA 291-06. Photograph of Mrs Porter cutting the ribbon. 291-07. Photograph of Official Party and speakers.

Historical information

The Official Opening of Phillip Island's 2nd Bridge on November 21st, 1969. The photographs were donated by the Country Roads Board, Melbourne.

Photograph - Post Card

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Sepia postcard of the Isle of Wight Hotel Cowes.

Historical information

One of a collection of photographs donated by Shirley Peterson.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Isle of Wight Hotel, Cowes, Phillip Island, Victoria" "Real Photo Series M 1261"

Photograph - Phillip Island Bridge Opening

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Cutting ribbon for Bridge Opening 1969 by Hon. Porter, Minister for Public Works & Mrs Porter. Taken from side. (2nd photo)

Historical information

Official Opening 1969 of 2nd Bridge connecting San Remo & Newhaven. Cutting the ribbon. From the Jack Jenner Collection.

Book - royal history of England : from the earliest period to the present time ; embellished with a series of steel engravings representing the principal events in English history, portraits of celebrated persons, etc., etc.

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Book - three hostages

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Inscriptions & Markings

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

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

Book - fireside cook book : a complete guide to fine cooking for beginner and expert containing 1217 recipes and over 400 color pictures

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Inscriptions & Markings

Labelled 'Himmer Bequest'. Stamped 'Cowes Public Library'.

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Chicory Kiln featured on farm

Historical information

Chicory Farm of Robert Anderson Snr. Late 19th Century.

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Jimmy McFee raking up chicory into elevator for drying floor.

Historical information

This photograph was taken by the Herald & Weekly Times and donated to Audrey McFee. Chicory was first grown on Phillip Island in 1870. It was used in coffee essence and for medicinal purposes.

Document - Letter to Ellen Soumprou acknowledging Manageress position

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Hand written letter on Continental Guest House letterhead writing paper

Historical information

Ellen Soumprou was Manageress at the Continental Guest House

Inscriptions & Markings

Hand written letter from M. Bleechume.

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White Photograph of Woolamai Bight - water breaking through the channel to the beach.

Historical information

One of a collection of photographs donated by Daryl Johns

Photograph - Road to Back Beach, Cowes

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White Postcard. Road to the Back Beach, Phillip Island

Historical information

Part of a collection of 'Rose & Valentine' series of Post Cards. Copied by John Jansson 1984

Inscriptions & Markings

The Rose Series P662. Road to the Back Beach, Cowes, Phillip Island, Victoria

Photograph - Post Card

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White postcard of a man in a horse drawn jinker on pathway looking out to The Nobbies, Phillip Island. Little dog in front of the horse.

Historical information

Donated by S Serpell of Serpell & Reid families, Sandringham.

Inscriptions & Markings

The Rose Series P 666. Looking to The Nobbies, Phillip Island, Victoria. Letter on back from Eileen to Dick describing her happy times on holiday and sending Christmas Greetings.

Newspaper clippings

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Article on withdrawal of concessions by the company operating the San Remo-Newhaven Punt service due to decision of the Government to build a bridge.

Historical information

Newspaper article

Photographs

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

325-07 & 08. Hand coloured sepia portraits of Violet Clarke. 325-09. Sepia photograph of Violet Clarke's wedding.

Historical information

325-07 Inscription on back of photograph. "Violet Clarke, sister of Jimmy and Jack Clarke all born at San Remo 1880's - 90's. Violet married a Mr Sinclair and was the mother of Laurie. Jimmy & Jack Clarke's nephew, Laurie, like his uncles, never married." 325-08 Inscription on back of photograph. "Violet was the sister of twins Jimmy & Jack Clarke"

Inscriptions & Markings

325-09. "25 years ago". Violet Clarke's marriage to ? Sinclair. Best man is probably Jack Clarke, brother Jimmy was most likely at sea.

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White photograph of 22 members of the Phillip Island Band posed in front of tree with instruments.

Historical information

Donated by Stan McFee from the Keith McIlwraith Collection.

Inscriptions & Markings

On Back: "Phillip Island Band 1932" Left to Right: Front row: H. Watchorn. N. McLardy, R. Scott Pres., H. Warren (Band Master), D. Robb, Ray Richardson, A Bauer, Middle row: A. Murray, Noel Cleeland, J. McLardy, R. De La Haye, C. Leeson, A. Towns, Goerson, W. Little. Back row: P. Double, B. West, A. Morrison, C. Williams, F. Towns, H. De La Haye, Keith McIlwraith.

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White photograph of four Barton girls with their mother?

Historical information

One of a collection of 10 photographs donated by June Robilliard nee Barton

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Group of seventeen children with teacher outside front of school. John Dickie II in middle of front row.

Historical information

Single-fronted wooden school building behind picket fence. Porch at front, brick chimneys on each side of corrugated roof. Two single windows either side of porch. 17 children in front of picket fence with teacher. Mostly hatted or capped - teacher behind children.

Pamphlet

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Coloured cover with the Order of Service inside for the Morning Prayer to commemorate the Centenary of the opening of the Church in 1870.

Historical information

One of four items donated by Alice Robinson relating to the Centenary of St Philip's Anglican Church, Phillip Island.

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White aerial view of the Phillip Island Grand Prix Race Track with Bass Strait in the background.

Historical information

The Circuit was built in the 1950's and opened in 1956. The circuit was closed in 1962 due to lack of finance for repair work to the track. In 1964 Len Lukey purchased the cirtuit and reopened in 1967, but once again was closed in 1978 as not suitable for modern racing. It was used only for Historic Rallies and the like until 1982. In 1985 The Circuit was purchsed by Placetac Pty Ltd. The Circuit was refurbished in 1988. In 1989 The Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix - 1st World Championship Round - was held at the Circuit on 9th April. 2004 the Circuit and surrounding land was purchased by The Linfox Group who still own it to this day (8/10/2016).

Inscriptions & Markings

J. D. Payne - Commercial Photographer, Rice Street, Moorabbin. Phone: XL 3144

Photograph - Post Card

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White postacrd of Marldon Guest House. Situated in an elevated position over looking bay in Thompson Avenue, Cowes. House has verandah with garden behind a fence and a pine tree providing shade in the street outside.

Historical information

One of a collection of photographs purchased by the Society from Jack Day of Mornington.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Murray Views No. 21" "Marldon Guest House, Cowes, Phillip Island, Vic." On Back: "Dear Matre, We are having a nice time here. It is my birthday today and we had a cake with three candles and I got 2 ribbons and some sweeties and some hankies. Will see you on Sat. Love Lyn. Addressed to: Mrs C. Henderson,17 Woodmason Street, Malvern, Melbourne."

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.