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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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Book - Isle of Wight : the holiday island ; including Cowes, Newport, Carisbrooke, Ryde, Bembridge, Brading, Sandown, Shanklin, Godshill, Ventnor, Alum Bay, Freshwater, Yarmouth, Newtown.

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

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Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph of eleven people including The Earl of Stradbroke and family standing beside motorcar - 22/11/1921.

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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

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Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

"Edward" - Koala sitting on small table. Foliage in background

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From Jessie Smith's collection of Island activities & landscapes. Koala on table. "Edward" was rescued in a bush fire by Mrs. Oswin-Roberts.

Newspaper Clipping

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Report of a letter by Mrs R Osborne to Phillip Island Shire Council criticising the actions of the Penguin committee and the concrete ramps they had built.

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

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Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph of Mrs John Rogers seated in wheel chair. Wife of the first official settler on Churchill Island - 1866.

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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

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Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

A small building - known as Tea House - near sand dunes at rear of Shelly Beach.

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

Inscriptions & Markings

The Tea House at Shelly Beach, Phillip Island. Valentine Series No. 42

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Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph of the Passenger Ferry "Estelle Star"

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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 copy - White stone cenotaph - diagonal view. White post & rail fence across lower center. Background clipped hedges & 3 Cypress trees.

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Cenotaph erected to WW1 Soldiers approx 1921. Names of WW2 Soldiers added approx 1946.

Inscriptions & Markings

Soldiers Monument Cowes, Phillip Island. Valentine Series M4138

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

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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

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

Photograph - Anderson Family

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Studio Portrait Photograph of Margaret Anderson

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Margaret Anderson, sixth child of Robert Anderson. Studio portrait of Margaret, arm resting on table, dressed in nurse's uniform. High cap on back of head, draped patterned curtain on right of photograph.

Newspaper Clipping - Beverly Forrest

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Article about Bev Forrest chosen as Belle of the Ball at the Phillip Island SYFC ball at Newhaven on Friday 17th September 1965.

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Collection of newspaper clippings from Scrap Book 1960 - 1973

Book - Melbourne : John Batman's village

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped 'Cowes Public Library'.

Newspaper clippings

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Letter to newspaper complaining about high Ferry charges on punt between San Remo and Phillip Island.

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Letter to newspaper complaining about high Ferry charges on punt between San Remo and Phillip Island.

Photograph Album - Phillip Island Cemetery

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

466-40: George Walton settled at Rhyll after the Land Settlement Act was granted 8 acres in the township of Rhyll. He was the father of a large family, many descendants still live on Phillip Island. He had the honour of being the first brickmaker on the Island. He died in 1912 in his 81st year. Also Harriet Walton, Richard Walton & George James. 466-41: The Gall Family. Robert and Sarah Gall came to Phillip Island about 1869 and selected Block 10, some 20 acres. They built their home and sunk a well which still exists in Settlement Road, Cowes. Their Plaque and the Walton Plaque were donated by the Phillip Island & District Historical Society.

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.

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?

Newspaper cutting

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Article about the Phillip Island Councillors to discuss dividing the Island into Ridings

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Article from a collection of Newspaper cuttings from October 1968 to July 1971

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Colour photograph of the Wreck of the Speke at low tide with three adults and one boy standing on the wreck.

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One of a collection of photographs donated by Bernie De La Haye.

Book - Letters to T.E. Lawrence

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

Eagles Nest from cliff top near San Remo. Long grass in foreground.

Historical information

Part of a collection presented by Miss Edith Elms via Chrisy Northcote

Photographs/Slides

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

One of a collection of slides taken by Laurie Dixon. (Colour photograph scanned by E Alexander) Hector Goodall's wagon decorated by his cartoon drawings.

Historical information

Hector Goodall was a brilliant cartoonist and now lives in Queensland.

Inscriptions & Markings

Hector's wagon Sep. 1962

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Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White Photograph of Brass Plaque, commemorating the Opening of the first bridge by Hon. A. a. Dunstan MLA on November 29, 1940.

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Photographed by Phillip Island Historical Society

Badges - Phillip Island Band Tour to Tasmania

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Phillip Island Band Ticket and Lapel & Hat Badges. Ticket for Tasmanian Tour in 1947.

Historical information

Donated by Jill Walton from her husband's collection.

Inscriptions & Markings

On Ticket: Phillip Island Band Victoria - Tasmanian Tour 1947 - Stan Walton.

Newspaper clippings

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photographs of house on Churchill Island

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Photographs of gate and drive and front of 100 year old Victorian house on Churchill Island. Shows Mr & Mrs Garrett - caretakers.

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 Girls Air League

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White photo copy of original. 18 girls of varying ages between 8 and 18.

Historical information

The Australian Air League was formed in 1934, in an era when Australian Aviators such as Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith, Charles Ulm, Bert Hinkler, Sir Ross and Keith Smith and others were household names and heroes. The first Squadron was opened in Manly (NSW) and the Air League quickly spread throughout that state. In early 1939 the first Squadron was opened in Victoria and in 1944 the first Girls Section was formed. Today the Australian Air League is active in NSW, the ACT, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and is still expanding

Newspaper clippings

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Article on need for a bridge to connect Phillip Island with the Mainland.

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Article in The Countryman 21/05/1938

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Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White photograph - possibly the Cowes Pier.

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One of 8 photographs donated by Joseph White

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Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Chicory being raked 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.

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Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph of sea crashing onto rocks at Cape Woolamai

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One of a collection of photos donated by Mr J. W. Gliddon

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Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph of the original "Continental" Hotel nearing completion about 1929

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