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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!

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Heritage Centre 89 Thompson Avenue COWES VICTORIA

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Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Picture of Vice Regal Rolls Royce crossing bridge to Newhaven - 1962

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

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Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Two joined coloured photographs showing a view of The Nobbies & Seal Rocks from the newly erected Beacon Tower in 1979. The older tower can be seen on the right of the photograph.

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The Nobbies & Seal Rocks is the extreme western tip of Phillip Island.

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Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph of a Pinnacle Rock Formation with cut our drawing of Native Man and Woman superimposed.

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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

Aerial Photograph of Phillip Island Bridge - Newhaven to San Remo.

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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 - 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

Newspaper Clipping - 100yrs Celebrations for Phillip Island

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Article about the 100yrs celebrations at Phillip Island in November 1968. Account of Back to Phillip Island 100yrs after first sub division of land at Phillip Island. Account of History of Phillip Island from discovery by Surgeon George Bass on January 5, 1979 to 1922. Account of Historical Display in the Cowes Parish Hall.

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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 the Trading Steam Ship "Hastings"

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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 - Shipwrecks on the South Gippsland Coast

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Inscriptions & Markings

Maps on endpapers. Includes bibliographical references and indexes.

Book - count of Monte-Cristo

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped 'Cowes Public Library', 'Kallista Mechanics Institute and Library'. Labelled: Phillip Island Historical Society. Cleeland Bequest.

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Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph of Rowing Boat moving among Seals near rocks. Two Crew - one rowing, one standing.

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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

Photograph of SS "Killara". First vehicular Ferry arriving at Jetty Cowes.

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One of a collection of over 400 photographs in an album commenced in 1960 and presented to the Historical Society by the Shire of Phillip Island

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Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph of Solomon West seated and wearing single breasted suit with waist coat, fob chain and holding walking stick.

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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

Photograph of Chicory Crop with Kiln 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

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Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Bridge viewed from sea level at low tide, showing cranes at middle right.

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Part of an album compiled and donated by Mrs Helen Jansson. Second Phillip Island Bridge built 1968/69.

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Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Close up of 1st Bridge with Suspension in place. Decking under construction. Scaffolding and works in progress underneath near side.

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Part of a collection presented by Miss Edith Elms via Chrisy Northcote. 1st Phillip Island Bridge built 1939-40, connecting the Island to San Remo.

Photograph - Post Card

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Sepia postcard of the Isle of Wight Hotel with the Cenotaph in the foreground.

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Donated by Brenda Humphreys

Inscriptions & Markings

Valentine Series No. 3397 Isle of Wight Hotel, Cowes.

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Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph of Captain Tillotson of the "Speke" with four of his crew men

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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 - Household cyclopedia of general information...

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Newspaper clippings

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Five photographs of an early Car Ferry, a camping ground with tents and trees, SS Genista at Pier, an early street scene and the Pier Hotel San Remo

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Early scenes of San Remo commercial development - approximately 1928 - 32. Hospitality and Fishing.

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Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph of a two masted yacht aground on the beach. Seems undamaged.

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Photograph donated by John Jansson

Book - Ringed by fire : a story of the Franco-Prussian war

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed: Madge Aylwin, Firbank. Stamped: St Luke's Sunday School, Brighton, 35.

Document - Merit Certificate - Alice Clark

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Merit Certificate given to Alice Clark for completing the Course of Study prescribed for Elementary Schools at Ventnor School on the 13th November 1942.

Historical information

Part of three items Alice Robinson donated to the Society.

Inscriptions & Markings

As per photograph

Book - Emerson's essays

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Book - Exhibitions : a practical guide for small museums and galleries

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph - Post Card

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White postcard showing Mr Cox in front of his beach hut looking out to sea.

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One of 15 photographs and postcards donated by Mary Karney

Inscriptions & Markings

"Looking for the boats" "Fisherman at Cowes" "Real photo series M 2384"

Photograph Album - Phillip Island Cemetery

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Captain McLeod: Captain McLeod and family kept the Post Office at Newhaven. He also built a boat called old "Trusty" and launched it almost opposite Churchill Island. Unfortunately, at a later date, the "Trusty" was the cause of a tragedy. The bottom of the boat had become so encrusted with marine growth that the owner decided to beach her between the jetties at Griffiths point, now San Remo. Before the job was completed the soring gave way and allowed the boat to tip over on her side, causing Captain McLeod to be crushed to death. Died March 3rd 1880 aged 64 years. Also buried in this grave is his wife Susan - died May 24th 1882 aged 62 years. Their son Andrew McLeod died February 21st 1916 aged 60 - loved husband of Elizabeth E McLeod. Alexander was Captain of the "Genista" for 12 years.

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.

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Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Close-up of man holding ribbon while woman in hat cuts. Children watching from behind. Bass Coast Shire President at right.

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Part of a collection presented and donated by Mrs Helen Jansson. Official opening of second Phillip Island Bridge by Hon. & Mrs M. V. Porter, MLA at 2.15pm on 21/11/1969.

Grave Marker

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Grave Marker - Black painted clover leaf head and long straight leg.

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Used to mark grave at Phillip Island Cemetary.

Photographs

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

234-01. Black & White photograph of The Story Map of Phillip Island with allotments shown and extremely detailed information typed on it by Vernon McHaffie. 234-02. Sepia postcard of the penguin rookery on "Little Nobby", Phillip Island. Man sitting on hill looking down at the rookery showing tracks & entrances to burrows. 234-03. Sepia postcard of two people sitting on top of cliff, Headland Rookery, with moulting penguins on their laps.

Historical information

Three photographs/postcards donated by J Gliddon

Inscriptions & Markings

234-02. "Tom Tregellas" Nature Series No. 1. (Penguins) Phillip Island. Rookery on Little Nobby, showing tracks and entrances to burrows amongst the "pig-face" weed. 234-03. "Tom Tregellas" Nature Series No. 1. (Penguins) Phillip Island. Moulting Burrow on top of Cliff, Headland Rookery, which contained four birds. Note feathers outside burrow.

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Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

The first Phillip Island Suspension Bridge 1938.

Historical information

Phillip Island Suspension Bridge built 1938 at a cost of approx. $50,000. Part of an album compiled and donated by Mrs Helen Jansson..

Inscriptions & Markings

Descriptive caption adjoining this photo print, also the one following