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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

After the fire at Isle of Wight Hotel, 1926, showing chimneys standing and debris in foreground.

Historical information

Part of a collection from Mrs Jessie Smith. The Isle of Wight Hotel was destroyed by fire 1926. At the time it was one of two Hotels on the Island.

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph of two horses grazing on hillside at Fiddlers Green, Griffiths Point (now San Remo) foreshore of Westernport. White fences dividing paddocks. School house on left behind trees and shed on right of photo. Houses and sea in background.

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Donated by Jessie Smith (nee Small)

Photograph - Post Card

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White Postcard of Pyramid Rock with two figures standing on top. Land mass in background.

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Donated by G. Haywood

Inscriptions & Markings

"The Rose Series, P. 663" "The Pyramid, Cowes, Phillip Is., Victoria"

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Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

View of old Jetty Shed and Pier at Cowes. (Jetty Shed classified by National Trust, 1993)

Historical information

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

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Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Construction of St Pauls Training School.

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Back view of St Pauls Training school, still under construction.

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White photocopy of a photograph of June Robilliard nee Barton, Lois and Flora Barton in 1953.

Historical information

One of a collection of 10 photographs donated by June Robilliard nee Barton

Photograph - Post Cards

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph 228-01. Black & White photograph of the Cowes Pier with vehicles and pedestrians. Rail tracks on pier. Isle of Wight Hotel in background. Sheds at end. Photograph 228-02. Black & White aerial photograph of "Broadwater" Guesthouse, Cowes. Photograph 228-03. Black & White photograph of Cowes Pier with Steamer coming in. Shed at end of Jetty and Cenotaph in the foreground. Looking north. Photograph 228-04. Black & White photograph of a Koala and her young. Photograph 228-05. Black & White photograph looking over the Cowes shoreline near Lover's Walk. Photograph 228-06. Black & White photograph of a group of penguins coming home at dusk at the "Penguin Parade". Photograph 228-07. Black & White photograph of Bert West holding a Shearwater (Mutton Bird) with it's wings outstretched.

Historical information

A collection of 6 postcards and 1 photograph taken around Phillip Island. Donated by Julie Barnett.

Inscriptions & Markings

Photo 01. "Photo Shop Series". "Cowes from the Jetty". Photo 02. Aerial view of "Broadwater" Cowes, Phillip Island. No. 146 Photo 03. "Photo Shop Series". The Jetty. Cowes. Photo 04. "Photo Shop Series". "Koala Bear". Phillip Island Photo 05. "The Rose Series P3416". "Near the Lovers' Walk, Cowes, Phillip Is., Vic. Photo 06. "Penguins, Phillip Island." No. 82. Valentines Series. Photo 07. On Back: Mr West with Mutton bird at Phillip Island.

Book - Phillip Island in picture and story

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph - Tea House, Shelly Beach

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Sepia photograph of 4 woman and a young girl sitting in front of a small building with a thatched roof in a a cleared area. Two women wearing hats, two others holding hats.

Inscriptions & Markings

Tea house Shelly Beach

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Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Sea level close up of placing of centre span with crane at left and men on left on centre span at right. Looking into Western Port Bay. Second Bridge under construction 1968

Historical information

Part of an album compiled and donated by Mrs Helen Jansson. Construction of second Phillip Island Bridge to San Remo. 1968/69.

Inscriptions & Markings

Descriptive caption underneath "92'"

Newspaper clippings

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Article on John Cleeland with photograph of inside of Woolamai House.

Historical information

History of John Cleeland and photograph of inside of Woolamai House

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White Postcard - view of Ferry Steamer "S.S. Killara".

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

The Ferry Steamer S. S. "Killara" arrives at Cowes.

Newspaper clippings

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

re opposition granite cartage; damage to roads; slabs are required to protect earthen abutment on P.I. end of new bridge.

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Collected in Scrap book mostly, it is thought, from local newspapers - Wonthaggi 'Sentinel Times'. Dated 1960 - 1973

Newspaper Clipping - No Bridge Toll

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Newspaper article about no move made to provide for a toll to cross the San Remo bridge when completed in 1969.

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

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph of Cape Woolamai looking south west across the Eastern Passage.

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

Close-up "Narrabeen" at Cowes Jetty, bow to left. Bundle of wood on Jetty at side of shed.

Historical information

Photo by Arthur Woodley. The vessel "Narrabeen" purchased by PI & Westernport Shipping, Co. in 1928. Traded between Cowes and Sydney.

Certificate

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

345-01: A Certificate of Registration for E. E. Matthews from the Midwives Board, Victoria on the 11th January, 1917. 345-02: A small cardboard programme with 4 pages inside for dance programme of the Debutante Ball held at the Cowes Shire Hall on the 26th September 1947. Small white pencil attached.

Historical information

E E Matthews was our donor, Alice Robinson's grandmother. Alice was the debutante - nee Clark.

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph looking down Cemetery Road,)unmade (now Coghlan Road) near Rhyll, lined with Gum Trees - early 1930's - car in centre

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

Newspaper clippings

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Article with photo about the re-opening of the Phillip Island Race Track (motor) after a space of four years. Description of track and amenities.

Historical information

Collection of newspaper clippings in scrap book dated 1960 - 1973.

Inscriptions & Markings

"New life for racing track"

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Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph of Alex Findlay on his motor cycle superimposed on a map of Phillip Island

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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

Inscriptions & Markings

Alex Findlay on his 4.93 OHV B.S.A. after winning the Australasian 200 mile TT Championship

Photograph - McHaffie Family

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White photograph of Oonah & Brenda Hardy in what looks like school uniforms.

Historical information

Oonah (b 1906) and Brenda (b 1912) Hardy, both daughters of Douglas Hardy and Anna Frances McHaffie (daughter of John David McHaffie - first permanent European settler of Phillip Island). Oonah, the taller girl, is on the left. One of 4 photos donated by Nancy McHaffie.

Inscriptions & Markings

On back: Oonah and Brenda Hardy

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph of Rolls Royce car in the 1959 Moomba Parade. The car was stated to have cost 8,000 pounds in 1945, and was used on the set for filming part of "On the Beach" in 1959 at Cowes, Phillip Island.

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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

Photograph of The Esplanade Cowes Phillip Island, taken in 1900 - looking west

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 - Family Herald supplements, v. LXV

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped 'Phillip Island & District Historical Society'

Book - United States Olympic Team for games of the XVI Olympiad, Melbourne Australia November 22 - December 8 1956

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Inscriptions & Markings

"1956 fact book" - Cover.

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Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph of a poster detailing football final played between Phillip Island and Kilcunda-Bass at Wonthaggi. September 1960

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

325-01 - Sepia photo/postcard of 7 WWI soldiers - Jimmy Clarke on right at back and Jack Clarke on left at back. 325-02 - Sepia portrait of Jimmy Clarke in Army uniform. 325-03. Sepia photo/postcard of 3 WWI soldiers in uniform. 325-04. Sepia photograph of 4 WWI soldiers. Jimmy Clarke 3rd from left and Jack on the right. 325-05. Small sepia photograph on black cardboard of 8 WWI soldiers in France. Jimmy & Jack Clarke in the front. 325-06. Sepia photograph of a large group of WWI soldiers in France. Jack & Jimmy Clarke standing at left.

Historical information

Arthur Woodley who donated the photographs, was a friend of Jimmy Clarke, who was Captain of the Killarra Ferry and lived at Narabeen Guesthouse in Cowes, Phillip Island. The family lived at San Remo - father was George Clarke.

Inscriptions & Markings

325-01 - Letter on postcard: "Dear Dick, This is our gun team with Corporal, Lance Corporal M. Medal, Jim on your right and your humble on your left. Kind love to all. From Jack. Rec'd your letter dated Feb 24th. France 15/5/1918." 325-03. "Either Jimmy or Jack Clarke standing" 325-04. "Taken at Tannery, St. Aubin, Floreunes. A. R. Joyce, R. R. Godden, Jim & I. French Mortar Crew. First World War 1914-18. 325-05. "Jimmy" & Jack Clarke front in France WWI. 325-06. "Balance of Battery "Apre le Geurre" France 1919.

Book - On the sulphur & chalybeate waters of Strathpeffer Spa in the Scottish Highlands

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph - Fisherman at Cowes

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

B&W postcard. Mr. George Cox, elderly fisherman outside his hut which was located near the end of Cowes Jetty, Phillip Island

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

B&W postcard."Looking for the boats". Fisherman at Cowes. Real Photo Series M2384.

Photograph - Anderson Family

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

George Anderson as an aged man

Historical information

An aged George Anderson, son of Robert Anderson Snr. Black Homberg hat, waxed moustache, suit coat, waistcoat, white shirt, patterned tie.