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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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Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Chicory just after harvesting.

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.

Newspaper clippings

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Newspaper article concerning the building of new bridge Phillip Island - San Remo; foundations laid in channel; photograph of bridge in construction.

Historical information

Collection of newspaper clippers in scrap book dated 1960 - 1973

Inscriptions & Markings

"Bridge makes progress"

Sepia Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Sepia photograph of Lovers' Walk Cowes showing track, trees and fences.

Historical information

This album was presented to the Earl of Stradbroke by the Fathers of Soldiers and Returned Soldiers Phillip Island 16/2/1923. Photo of Lovers' Walk, Cowes.

Inscriptions & Markings

The Rose Series, P. 654. The Lovers' Walk, Cowes, Phillip Is., Victoria

Photograph - Cowes Jetty Shed

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White photograph of the Cowes Jetty Shed with a male & female standing in the entrance.

Historical information

One of a collection of 18 photographs & postcards donated by Jill Yeoman

Inscriptions & Markings

Cowes Feb 1939

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Print of Phillip Island Suspension Bridge.

Historical information

Phillip Island Suspension Bridge built 1938/40, demolished 1970. 1st road connection with mainland at San Remo. Part of an album compiled and donated by Mrs Helen Jansson.

Photograph - Phillip Island Bridges

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Old suspension Bridge with New Bridge appearing in background. Speed Boat middle foreground.

Historical information

Shows first Bridge carrying traffic with 1969 Bridge just being constructed. From the Jack Jenner Collection

Newspaper clippings

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Article on RACV support for a bridge joining Phillip Island to San Remo.

Historical information

Article on RACV support for a bridge between Phillip Island and San Remo. Also a public meeting at Cowes urged local Shire Council to bring the question before the Minister for Public Works.

Book - Tennyson

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Inscriptions & Markings

Labelled 'Himmer Bequest'.

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph of Hitching Posts

Historical information

Hitching posts erected 1912 for the purpose of tethering horses when men arrived at the cemetery for funerals.

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White photograph of Bryant and Harry West with others. Bryant West on branch at back and Harry West in sand at front.

Historical information

Photograph taken on the occasion of Back to Phillip Island Day about 1928. Taken from the Bryant West Collection.

Inscriptions & Markings

As above plus: Back to Phillip Island Day about 1928.

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White Photograph showing Frank Marston driving 'Monarch', scooping sand for cable base for the first bridge, 1938.

Historical information

Photograph from Frank Marston

Photograph - Anderson Family

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Robert Anderson Snr. on Wedding Day with second Mrs Anderson, Bessie Fleming. Robert Anderson seated, dressed in suit with waistcoat. Bessie Anderson standing dressed in skirt and velvet jacket with vest and ribbon and cameo at throat. Seems to be some confusion on the Family Tree re Robert's 2nd wife's name. There is confusion as to whether Robert Snr's 2nd wife was Bessie Fleming or Annie Grant. Photo is titled Bessie but it may be Annie??

Historical information

1889 Wedding Day of Robert and Bessie Anderson.

Inscriptions & Markings

T.Teed. St. George's Studios, 238 Bourke Street, Melbourne.

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Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Pilot sitting in Bi-plane. Man in suit welcoming.

Historical information

From Jessie Smith's collection of Island Events & Landscapes. 1st plane to land at Phillip Island.

Photographs

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

A selection of hand coloured photographs of Phillip Island. Following description as on the photographs. 344-01: Pyramid Rock, Phillip Island. No. 5. 344-02: Penguin Beach, Summerlands, Phillip Island No. 3. 344-03: The 'Killara' at the pier, Cowes. No. 10 (shows Cowes Pier with shed and Killara Ferry.) 344-04: Boat arriving at Cowes. No. 9. (shows the Killara near the pier full of people.) 344-05: The beach, Cowes No. 8. (beachgoers on the Cowes west beach enjoying the sun - many sitting under beach umbrellas.) 344-06: The Nobbies showing Seal Rocks, Phillip Island. No. 4. (Coastal scene at The Nobbies with Seal Rocks in the distance.) 344-07: Penguins, Phillip Island No. 11. (Penguins arriving on the beach at dusk after a day out fishing.) 344-08: Rocks at Cape Woolamai, Phillip Island. No. 7. 344-09: The Pier, Cowes. No. 1. (Photo taken from the end of the Cowes Pier looking towards Cowes Township. Jetty shed and Isle of Wight Hotel in the background.) 344-10: The Pier & War Memorial, Cowes. No. 12. (Taken looking from The Esplanade to the War Memorial and Cowes Pier. People and boats at the Pier.) 344-11: Seals at Phillip Island. No. 6. (Seals are on Seal Rocks out from The Nobbies.)

Historical information

A selection of photographs sold to tourists.

Inscriptions & Markings

As above.

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Three Black & White Photographs of Mr Moloney outside his decorated house and fence with shells, Summerland Peninsula, Phillip Island 1. Mr Moloney outside the shell decorated house wall. 2. Close up of the shell fence with a swan and two tennis rackets depicted. 3. Mr Moloney at the front gate. Fence was erected 1958 by M Moloney and A Robertson.

Historical information

Three photographs donated by Edna Perrin.

Inscriptions & Markings

On back of photos 1 & 3: Mr Moloney at his shell decorated fence.

Book - Four stories

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Inscriptions & Markings

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

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Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White photograph of Chapel Street with service road, power lines and hedge in foregound. Kindergarton with Delicatessen on left and houses on right and in the background. In the distance Westernport with French Island faintly in the far background.

Historical information

Donated by Jack Jenner

Inscriptions & Markings

On back: "Overlooking Kindergarten about 1960"

Newspaper clippings

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph of 100 year old painting of Cowes Pier and reference to painting of Phillip Island horse "Wollomai" and wreck of "Speke"

Historical information

100 year old painting of Cowes Pier and reference to painting of Phillip Island Hose "Wollomai". Reference to wreck of vessel "Speke".

Newspaper clippings

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph of Sir Rupert Hamer unveiling commemorative Plaque and photograph of Newhaven Marina.

Historical information

Sir Rupert Hamer unveiling commemorative Plaque at opening of Newhaven Marina 1973 and photograph of Marina.

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Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White photograph of the West family mounted on brown cardboard. Back Row L - R 1. Alfred West, 2. Edward West, 3. Harry Thomas West, 4. Harmon West, 5. Charlie West, 6. William West. Front Row L - R. 1. Albert West, 2. Lizzie Bennell (West), 3. Alice McDonald (West), 4. ?? 5. Fanny Morrison (West), 6. Emily Lock (West).

Historical information

Donated by Mary Karney who was related to Bryant West. Her mother was an Oswin.

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Side view of aeroplane surrounded by spectators - 1920

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 - Garden of memories : a history of the Phillip Island Cemetery Trust

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped 'Phillip Island & District Historical Society'.

Book - Phillip Island : capability, conflict and compromise : a report to the Western Port Regional Planning Authority

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Book - architectural history of Phillip Island - to commemorate the centenary of open settlement on Phillip Island and Churchill Island from 1868 to 1968

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped 'Phillip Island & District Historical Society'.

Postcard - World War One soldier, possibly William Smith

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & white photograph of a soldier in uniform, standing near a large mantle piece, with no insignia or colour patches.

Historical information

Part of a group of WW1 photographs including AIF camp, 1914, officers of T.M.s, Light Horse Battery.

Book - Aboriginal place names and their meanings

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Inscriptions & Markings

Cowes Public Library

Book - Hastings : people and places.

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Inscriptions & Markings

Includes index. Edited by Shirley Davies, Beryl Stockton and Edith Torokfalvy.

Photograph - Post Card

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Sepia postcard of nesting birds at Phillip Island.

Historical information

One of 5 Postcards donated by G. Haywood.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Birds at Phillip Island." "Valentine Series M. 4134"

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph of the head and antlers of a Royal Deer shot on Phillip Island about 1880

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

Black Evening Bag

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Bead Draw String and Satin Evening Bag with mauve/pink stitching - button at bottom. Displayed on dummy.

Historical information

Unknown