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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
phone
+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!

Location

Heritage Centre 89 Thompson Avenue COWES VICTORIA

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Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White photograph of a group of penguins coming ashore at dust after a day's fishing at sea.

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

"Penguins, Phillip Island"

Book - Out to the wreck

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Inscriptions & Markings

Signed by the authors. Stamped Phillip Island & District Historical Society.

Book - Phillip Island in picture and story

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped 'J.T.& D.Taylor, 109 Church St., Cowes, Phillip Island 3922'.

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Large Black & White photograph of Cowes West Beach, Mussell Rocks and the Sea Baths.

Historical information

One of a group of Historical photographs purchased from Photo First Shop in Thompson Avenue, Cowes when it closed in June, 2014.

Inscriptions & Markings

Cowes Beach

Document - The Miller Family

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Three identical typed sheets of biographical details of The Miller Family and their life on Phillip Island.

Historical information

The Miller Family's life on Phillip Island from 1868.

Inscriptions & Markings

Titled "The Miller Family - Early Settlers on Phillip Island"

Postcard

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph of Percy Drawbridge holding Koalas at Broadwater.

Historical information

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

Book - One hundred years of history

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped 'Phillip Island & District Historical Society'. Signed by ? 11 councillors?

Framed Certificate

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Framed Bravery Award to Arnie Brown from grateful recipients he'd saved from drowning. Illuminated hand painted in water colours and gold. Signed by Robert Anderson and James Douglas.

Historical information

As written on Certificate

Inscriptions & Markings

Presented to Mr Arnie Brown as a token of grateful thankfulness and appreciation of his prompt action in rescuing us from drowning when the dinghy was upset at Cowes, Phillip Island, Western Port Bay, 27th February, 1921. Mr. James Douglas. Mr. Robert Anderson. [signed] Robert Anderson J. Douglas

Photographs

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Three Black & White & Sepia photograph enlargements of Motorcycle Grand Prix racing on the road circuit on Phillip Island. 335-12 - The Start of the race. 335-13 - The Start of the race with a crowd watching. 335-14 - A crowed gathered around for the presentation after the Motorcycle Grand Prix, showing resultson the Scoreboard of Victoria Motor Cycle Club and the winner being carried on peoples' shoulders. Advertisement for Shell Motor Oils on the board.

Historical information

Three of a collection of photographs purchased from Photo First, Thompson Avenue, Cowes, when it closed in June, 2014.

Photograph - Anzac Day March

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph of an Anzac Day March in Cowes. David Robb leading with Bagpipes. A couple of dogs in the foreground.

Historical information

One of a collection of photographs donated by Mary Karney

Boomerang

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Boomerang - ornamented with red ochre and lined with grooves on obverse side. Non returning type used for hunting or fighting.

Book - fear of wine

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Inscriptions & Markings

Labelled 'Himmer Bequest'. Stamped 'Cowes Public Library'. Inscribed 'Frank Louat'.

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'.

Book - Guide to the history &? beauty of the Bass District : a brief outline of the early history of the Shire of Bass, Victoria

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped 'Phillip Island & District Historical Society'.

Photograph - Punt crossing from Newhaven to San Remo

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

The Punt crossing between San Remo & Newhaven carrying passengers and a truck. (Photograph has been mislaid)

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

No Inscriptions. Underneath photograph added - Punt crossing between Newhaven & San Remo before bridge.

Photographs

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Five photographs of the Phillip Island Band going on a social visit to Tasmania in 1947. Boys and parents. 333-01 - Black & White photograph of the Band in front of the Bern Denham bus in Cowes. 333-02 is an enlargement of 333-01. 333-03 - Black & White photograph of the Band in the bus ready for departure to Tasmania. 333-04 - Black & White photograph of the Band in front of a Monument possibly in Tasmania. 333-05 - Black & White enlargement of 333-04.

Historical information

Five photographs of the Phillip Island Band going on a social visit to Tasmania in 1947. Boys and parents. Names of people in photograph 333-01 and 333-02: Back row: Charlotte Cleeland, Arthur Murdoch, Alan Cleeland. Centre row: Tom Westley (bandmaster), Jim Broadbent, Joan Westley, Nan Hislop, Tom Cartwright, Wally Goodall, Des Cartwright, Wally?, Jessie Cartwright, Ken Clark (Tasmanian Bus Driver), Les Bain, Stan Walton, Doug Morrison, Mary Broadbent. Front row: Arbie Broadbent, W McNair, John Bennett, Kevin Wagner, Bill Broadbent, Ian Matthews, Robert Cleeland, Bob Cartwright.

Book - Exmore village : a general account based on factual information from mass observation

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Inscriptions & Markings

Labelled 'Cowes Free Public Library', 'Cowes Municipal Library'.

Photograph - Cowes from the Pier

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White Postcard. View of Cowes from Pier. People walking on pier & buggies on "Car" park - showing the rails for unloading goods from shipping,.

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Cowes from the pier - 9

Sepia Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph of beach at Newhaven with the tide in, short bush on foreshore.

Historical information

This album was presented to the Earl of Stradbroke by Fathers of Soldiers and Returned Soldiers 16/02/1923. Photo of Newhaven Beach, Phillip Island

Inscriptions & Markings

Rose Series p.697. The beach at Newhaven, Phillip Is., Victoria

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Colour Photograph - Yellow Robin perched on edge of nest. Bryant West Album

Historical information

One of a collection of thirty-six photographs selected for representation in the National Photographic Index of Australian Birds

Newspaper Clipping - Ridings for Island?

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Article about a move to divide the Shire of Phillip Island into Ridings.

Historical information

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

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Port side Photograph of Vehicular ferry SS "Killara" at speed

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

Sepia portrait photograph of Robert Miller

Historical information

Robert Miller, father of Kitty Miller who Kitty Miller Bay is named after.

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph of two Bull Seals confronting each other

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

Sepia Postcard - View of a Bush Road

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Labelled "Typical Road, Phillip Island".

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White photograph with tree dominant in foreground, bridge stretching to Newhaven in background.

Historical information

Donated by John Jansson

Photograph - Air Pageant, Cowes

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & white photo of 3 bi planes flying in formation at Air Pageant at Cowes

Inscriptions & Markings

Three aeroplanes flying in formation at the Air Pageant at Cowes

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White photograph of guests at Hollydene Guest House, Cowes, Phillip Island. May, Phyl & Dorrie Collett are marked with an "x"

Historical information

Photograph donated by Colin Kay

Inscriptions & Markings

On Back: Hollydene Cowes Easter 1939. May, Phyl & Dorrie Collett

Book - Poems by William Blake; sel. with an intro. by Alice Meynell

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Book - South Wales and the Marches / W.J. Gruffydd

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

Close up of Suspension bridge taken from San Remo with shrub tips along foreground.

Historical information

Part of a collection donated by Miss Edith Elms via Chrisy Northcote. This was a Commercial Souvenir

Inscriptions & Markings

The Bridge, San Remo, Vic.

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White photograph of a deformed lamb. It has five legs and six feet. Standing in front of shed.

Historical information

Donated by Jessie Smith (nee Small)

Inscriptions & Markings

On Back: "Baby five legs, 6 feet".

Photograph - Post Card

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Coloured Postcard of two horse drawn coaches. Three people on the coach in the foreground and one person on the rear coach. A person on the roadside. Trees either side of the road.

Historical information

Donated by S Serpell of Serpell & Reid Families, Sandringham

Inscriptions & Markings

Front: Phillip Island - Wool Team on road to Cowes. Back: Harbison's Wool & Dray.

Newspaper cutting

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Two articles. 1. Air Commodore R Burrage, of Cowes, is complaining about the gas cylinders near his property may be a danger. 2. The Shire of Phillip Island is needing to replace the rusting sanitary pans at an outlay of $1,000 for 500 new sanitary pans.

Historical information

Articles from a collection of newspaper cuttings from October 1968 to July 1971

Book - Australian at home : notes and anecdotes of life at the Antipodes including useful hints to those intending to settle in Australia

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Book - short history of the world

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped 'Aust. Armd. Corps. Trg. Regt.'. Labelled 'Cowes Free Public Library', 'Phillip Island Historical Society, Cleeland Bequest', 'Moore's Bookshop Pty. Ltd, 264 Pitt St., Sydney'.

Photographs

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

239-01. Black & White photograph of the Comfort Station at Cowes 239-02. Black & White photograph of the Wishing Well on Cowes foreshore near the Band Rotunda.

Historical information

Two photographs donated by Anne Davie

Photograph - Post Card

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Sepia Photo of Pyramid Rock, Phillip Island

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Pyramid Rock, Phillip Island

Book - [children's story book]

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped 'Phillip Island & District Historical Society'.

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Partial exterior of family on verandah of home.

Historical information

Section of home frontage, single storey brick building. Elaborately decorated verandah roofing with lace wrought iron. Corrugated section painted in grey and white stripes. Mosaic style flooring of verandah in front of and to sides of lace curtained windows. Four figures of family, mother seated, son standing with hands on back of chair. Two daughters one standing and one kneeling in front.

Newspaper clippings

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Letter to The Sun newspaper expressing the thanks of the Phillip Island Bridge League to the Government at the decision to build a bridge to Phillip Island.

Historical information

Letter to newspaper

Book - Bad times - good times : all times go over / Francis James Wright, not a common man

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Inscriptions & Markings

Donor: Winifred Calder, 4.7.2012.

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 Folder

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Souvenir Colour Folder of 12 colour postcards of Cowes and Phillip Island. Photographs Include: Cowes Beach, Cowes Pier, Koalas, Cowes Township, The Nobbies, Summerland Surf Beach, Suspension Bridge, Thompson Avenue, Cowes, Penguin Parade, Seal Rocks, The Isle of Wight Hotel and The Blowhole.

Historical information

Coloured Souvenir folder of 12 postcards donated by M Arnell.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: A Souvenir of Picturesque Cowes. A Special selection of Scene in Full Colour.

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Sepia print of San Remo coastline at low tide with dinghy at left foreground. Two fences traversing from bottom to 3/4 where trees merge, sailboat beached at centre. Pier at 3/4 left top.

Historical information

Sent as Happy Birthday wishes from "mother" Feb 18 1923. Part of a collection donated by Edith Elms via Chrisy Northcote.

Inscriptions & Markings

The Rose Series, P764. The beach at San Remo - Victoria

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White postcard of The Nobbies. Man and boy walking along a dirt pathway. Seal Rocks in the distance.

Historical information

Postcard found by Lynne Allen at her late Aunt's house in 2013. Lynne Allen President of the Shoalhaven Historical Society NSW

Inscriptions & Markings

The Rose Series P. 14017. The Nobbies, P. I.

Book - Our school by the sea : Newhaven College 1976-1989

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Inscriptions & Markings

Presented to Phillip Island Historical Society by Jean Herkes in memory of her husband William Halford Herkes (Hal) 18.12.1904-25.6.1991. Both "Friends of the School", Cowes, Feb. 5 1992.

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White photograph of the Phillip Island to Dandenong Tourist Bus with people starting to board.

Historical information

One of two photographs donated by Charles & Bernard Grayden

Inscriptions & Markings

On back: Bernard Graham Deaken's Pi - Dandenong Bus Service"

Photograph - Post Card

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Coloured postcard with three ladies and a gentleman in the foreground. Ladies are: Miss Vaughan, Mrs Harrop & Miss Goldsmith.

Historical information

One of a group of photographs from the Bryant West Collection donated by Mary Karney.

Inscriptions & Markings

Rocky Headlands, near Cowes, Phillip Island. A Merry Xmas.

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White photograph of a man holding two koalas with a baby koala on his head. Tree in background.

Historical information

Donated by Stan McFee from the Keith McIlwraith Collection.