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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!

Location

Heritage Centre 89 Thompson Avenue COWES VICTORIA

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Souvenir Photographs

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Two Souvenir Photograph folders with a total of 30 photographs. One folder named "Nature's Paradise, Phillip Island. Cowes" Second folder named "Cowes Phillip Island - 18 Selected Glimpses"

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The two folders found in an old home in Cohuna in 2010. Sent to Mrs J. H. Bottcher, Private Bag, Kerang, Vic.

Photograph - Post Card

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White postcard of the Cowes Pier with Jetty Shed in the foreground.

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One of a collection of 11 photographs/postcards donated by Meg Davis & Nancy McHaffie from the estate of Brenda Higgins, grand-daughter of JD & Georgianna McHaffie

Inscriptions & Markings

The Rose Series, P 672. The Pier, Cowes, Phillip Island, Victoria

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Coloured photograph - front aspect of timber house taken from the side angle showing bay window, front door, turret and rooms beyond. Lawn in front. Built for Capt. John Cleeland approx 1869.

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Woolamai House was built in approx 1869 on part of Capt Cleeland's property which covered most of the eastern end of Phillip Island. He maintained the Beacon Light on Woolamai Point close to his house. Owned and occupied by family since 1869.

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Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

"Rogers Cottage" showing the rear section. circular saw in foreground. Note guard on saw.

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Rogers Cottage was built by John Rogers on the hill on Churchill Island in the early 1860s. It is believed he first built the Bakehouse in 1865 and shortly after built the 2 roomed dormitory which was originally lined with calico and plaster - later with hand split boards.

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Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Coloured photograph showing the Cannon from the Confederate Ship "Shanandoah" in the garden of the homestead on Churchill Island.

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In 1865 Melbourne was visited by a fully rigged steam sloop flying The Confederate Ensign; at the time the American Civil War was in progress. Samuel Amess feted Captain Waddell and his crew although some people were against The Confederate cause. The Captain was most appreciative and presented Samuel Amess with the small cannon.

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Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Beautiful blown-up picture of the store and hotel side by side. Store open for business. Lady entering

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Left of photograph Bergin & Co, Griffiths Point Store in very large lettering. Residence above store, four open windows. Woman in white blouse and long black skirt entering one of two doors. The weatherboard building right on street. Next door San Remo Hotel. Bar entry on left. Large window on brick wall. Weatherboard upper storey with verandah and elaborate pillars wrought iron work and big turret attic towards back.

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Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Jetty diagonally lower left - township in foreground - open paddocks in background. Thompson Avenue & Cypress trees lower middle to upper right. Taken approx 1940s

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Commercially printed approx 1940s. Bayview Guesthouse (lower right foreshore) was burnt down in 1950s.

Inscriptions & Markings

Aerial view of Cowes Phillip Island No. 147

Book - wonders of the world : a popular and authentic account of the marvels of nature and of man as they exist today / by eminent travellers Sir Harry Johnston [et al]

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped 'A. Newman, Newhaven'. Stamped 'Phillip Island & District Historical Society'.

Photograph - Post Card

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Coloured Postcard - duplicate of Cat. No. 141-02. View of Newhaven across the water taken between two trees. Lady with umbrella near water's edge. Photo taken from San Remo.

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Donated by Jean Parle

Inscriptions & Markings

"Newhaven frm San Remo Phillip Island"

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Postcard of The Esplanade at Cowes, showing Cypress and Pine Trees

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Part of collection donated to the Museum by Mr. Bernard Grayden. 1975

Inscriptions & Markings

The Esplanade, Cowes, Victoria. The Rose Series P 10467

Book - Australian Abroad : branches from the main routes round the world

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

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Book from the Cleeland Bequest - a comprehensive collection of books relating to the History of England, Civil & Military, Religious, Intellectual & Social.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed 'Presented to "Mud" by her affectionate "Johnnie". Xmas 1879'.

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph of Rocky south coast shoreline.

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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

Coloured copy of a postcard showing the coastal cliffs on Westernport with The Nobbies in the distance

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One of a collection of photographs donated by Bruce Bennett

Inscriptions & Markings

"Coast Scene, Cowes, Nobbies in Distance."

Book - Champion of sail : R.W. Leyland and his shipping line

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Transparencies

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

12 Transparencies of model of a Chicory Kiln made by Robert Titcher.

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12 Slides in good condition but of a size not currently in use.

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph of Penguin chick and Mutton/Shearwater Bird chick

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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 - Charmandene

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Colour photograph of Sitting Room at Charmandene with fire aglow. Ornaments on Mantel piece and lovely chair beside fireplace.

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One of 9 photographs donated by Mrs Champion

Inscriptions & Markings

On back: Sitting room fire place "Charmandene" Cowes. July 1984.

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph of Earl of Stradbroke and family and various local identities with San Remo Hotel in background - 1921

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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

Photographs - Rhyll Swamp Bird Life

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

441-01: 2nd year growth of Fathom Hen Seeds underwater dormant for 12 years. 441-02: Photo of Bill checking nesting boxes in Rhyll Swamp 441-03: Black & White photo of Bill & helper 441-04: Bee Hive at Rhyll Swamp 441-05: Royal Spoon Bill with 12 eggs 441-06: Ibis Hatchlings 441-07:Chestnut Teal Duck eggs at Rhyll Swamp 441-08: Photo of a painting of a Mallard Duck with 6 ducklings.

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Selection from a collection of photographs given to John Jansson from the Estate of Bill Barrett - Fisheries & Wildlife on Phillip Island

Inscriptions & Markings

Descriptions written on back of photographs

Book - Letters of Mary Stuart, Queen of Scotland... trans. William Turnbull

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Inscriptions & Markings

Labelled: 'Phillip Island Historical Society. Cleeland Bequest'. Stamped 'Cowes Public Library'. Inscribed 'John Cleeland' on p. 79.

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph of 28 representatives of notable island families taken at a gathering at Erehwon in May 1942 Back row: L to R - G Smith, W E Thompson, S J McFee, R McIlwraith, W Evans, D Justice, Mrs P McFee, P McFee, Mrs J Bell, W Walton, Mrs A Churchill. Centre - Mrs J Spavin, W J Kennon, G Lock, F Piggott, A D Hardy, Mrs W Findlay, J Jansson, H West. Front row: Mrs H Bennall, Mrs E Matthews, Mrs Blamey, Mrs C West, Mrs Watson nee McGregor, Mrs Hardy, Miss M Evans, Mrs D Justice, C McGregor.

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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

Re touched coloured Photograph of the wreck of The "Speke" stern end view.

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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 - Poetical works of George Herbert with memoir by J. Nichol ; ed. Charles Cowden Clarke

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Inscriptions & Markings

Labelled 'Phillip Island Historical Society, Cleeland Bequest'.

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph of the Two Masted Cray Fishing Boat "Hilda Norling" tied up at the Rhyll Jetty.

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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

Newspaper clippings

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Article on plight of animals and birds at equinox by Graham Pizzey.

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Newspaper article by naturalist Graham Pizzey on problems for animals and birds during the rough weather of the equinox.

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Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

View looking east from the new Beacon Tower (1979) back along the Island. Cat Bay in the distance on the left and Bass Straight on the right.

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Photograph a part of the John Cook Album

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph of the basalt Jetty and geological feature near Surf Beach

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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

Black & White photograph of view to the east along Eastern Beach Cowes showing several peple on beach and in the water. Trees on foreshore behind beach.

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One of a collection of 9 photographs donated by the former Shire of Phillip Island. One of a series of photographs sold as a pack of 7 postcards for tourists/visitors to Phillip island.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Eastern Beach, Cowes, Phillip Island"

Photograph - Suspension Bridge

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White photograph of the San Remo to Newhaven Bridge taken from San Remo in foreground to Newhaven in background.

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Donated by John Jansson

Inscriptions & Markings

"Photo Shop Series" "Phillip Island Bridge"

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Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White photograph copy of Public Transport. People in and around the "bus".

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One of two photographs donated by Charles Grayden

Inscriptions & Markings

On back: Charles Grayden's first effort with public transport Summer '25 - '26.