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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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Document - Motor Driver’s License Mrs F. Oswin Roberts

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Cloth covered cardboard motor driver’s license

Inscriptions & Markings

Motor Driver’s License No. 38698 cor Florence Oswin Roberts Hotel Majestic Applecross, Western Australia 5 August 1925 until 30 June 1926

Newspaper Clipping

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Newspaper clipping calling for tenders for Penguin Reserve Kiosk.

Historical information

Newspaper clipping 1968

Newspaper Clipping

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Article about Cr Kevin Shaw's proposed resignation from the Shire Council due to constant opposition of his proposals.

Historical information

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

Book - Report and statement of accounts to 30th June 1932

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Inscriptions & Markings

Donor: Trustees Warley Hospital

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.

Historical information

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

Book - life and characters of Charles Dickens

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Inscriptions & Markings

Labelled 'Cowes Free Public Library', 'Phillip Island Historical Society', 'Cleeland Bequest'. Stamped 'Cowes Free Public Library'.

Photograph - Cowes State School Children & Headmaster 1941

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White school photograph at Cowes State School 1941.

Historical information

School photograph taken 1941. Back row from left: Bob Nelson, Tom Walton, George Goodall, Stan Goodall, Jim McKenzie, Kevin Findlay, Arthur Woodley, Wally Goodall, Doug Morrison. Second back row: Harvey Dixon, Elvie Matthews, Pat Anderson, Carmel Bilson, Pat Barton, Shirley Barton, Arthur Murdoch and Head Master Kevin Gerraty. Second row: Joy Odlund, Ruth Humphries, May McLardy, Enid Nelson, Betty Mitchell, Lois Cleeland, Lorna Thompson, Daphne Smith, Lois Barton. Front row: Bob Grayden, Kelvin Matthews, Kevin Gerraty, Peter Gerraty, Ted Roberts, Roy Anderson, Ern Walton.

Book - library atlas : consisting of one hundred and ten maps of modern, historical, and classical geography, &c., with descriptive letterpress of Modern geography by James Bryce, Historical geography by William F. Collier, Classical geography by Leonard Schmitz; with copious indices

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed: Hazel Fair, 37 Laura St., E. Bruns. N. 10. Stamped: J.R. Mann, Bookseller, Victoria Market ; Phillip Island & District Historical Society

Book - Theophilus, or, the pupil instructed in the principles, the obligations, and the resources of the Roman Catholic religion

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Inscriptions & Markings

From the French, La Doctrine Chretienne. Inscribed *. *. Gill.

Photograph - Koala

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White Postcard. Koala clinging on to branch of tree.

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

No. 15. Australian Native Bear

Photograph - Post Card

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Rose Series Postcard P673 showing Jetty Shed behind trees on the right and Mr Cox's hut on the foreshore.

Historical information

Photograph of the Jetty Shed and Mr Cox's hut on the Cowes foreshore, Phillip Island

Inscriptions & Markings

The Rose Series P673 "Near the pier Cowes, Phillip Island, Victoria" 1919-1920

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.

Photograph - Unmade road in Cowes

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

View of a beach road, Cowes. Unmade, grassy, tree lined street.

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Along Beach Road, Cowes, Phillip Island, Victoria. Real Photo Series M1256

Photograph - Post Card

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White postcard of the Isle of Wight Hotel in Cowes Phillip Island

Historical information

One of a collection of 8 photographs donated by Bob Notley of San Remo

Inscriptions & Markings

On front: Hislop Series No. 3. Isle of wight Hotel, Cowes. On back: A Real Photograph Produced in Australia.

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Glimpse of bridge, San Remo

Historical information

Glimpse of arched bridge between trees from left to right of photograph. Scrubby low bush in foreground. Tranquil water behind and under bridge to Newhaven sand beyond.

Book - Livingstone the liberator : a study of a dynamic personality

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White Photograph. Chicory Kiln. Cowes - Mr. E. C. Wood, Settlement Road East. Built of mud 18" thick about 1880, by J. Jenner. Oldest Kiln still in operation as at April 1973. Chicory Kiln Album.

Historical information

Donated by N. M. & J. D. Archibald. April, 1973

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 - East Lynne

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Inscriptions & Markings

Labelled 'Cowes Free Public Library', 'Phillip Island Historical Society, Cleeland Bequest'. Stamped 'Cowes Free Public Library'.

Photograph - Post Card

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Sepia postcard of The Nobbies and Seal Rocks.

Historical information

One of 5 postcards donated by G. Haywood, Nth Balwyn.

Inscriptions & Markings

"The Rose Series P. 665" "The Nobbies and Seal Rocks, Phillip Island, Victoria".

Newspaper clippings

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Article on opening of new bridge over the Latrobe River at Rosedale.

Historical information

Newspaper article in The Argus 19/08/1938

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph of scene after fire at Isle of Wight Hotel. 4 chimneys standing, building debris, smoke haze.

Historical information

Photograph taken by Jessie "Girlie" Smith of San Remo who owned the Penguin Cafe in Thompson Avenue, Cowes.

Inscriptions & Markings

Ruins of Isle of Wight Hotel, Phillip Island

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph of children in fancy dress - Rupert Burton, Herbert Watchorn and Val leeson standing with Roy Richardson sitting in foreground with cricket bat.

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

Sepia Postcard - Valentine Series - Granite Quarry and Landing Place at Cape Woolamai.

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Picturesque Scene at Landing Place, Cape Woolamai, Philip Island. Valentine Series M.4834

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Aerial photograph of Churchill Island taken in 1939.

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

Black & White photograph of the old Suspension Bridge from San Remo to Newhaven, Phillip Island

Historical information

Photograph donated by Jean Harvey

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Rego's Cafe in Thompson Avenue Cowes

Historical information

Rego's Cafe in Thompson Avenue with their top storey residence. On the verandah is the title Pizza - Restaurant and Take Away. Two bay windows are a feature of the upper storey. The next door building is obscured by a tree. The Cafe section of building is in darkness. In foreground is low wooden retaining wall.

Photograph - WWI Soldiers 1919

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph of WWI Soldiers and Naval Officer - 1919 Back Row: W. Gothorp, H. Justice, V. McHenry, Alex McLardy, G. Dorward, W. Hawkins, Unknown, J. Hawkins Front Row: ? McColl, Duncan Campbell, Arthur Webster, E. W. Dixon, R. Briton.

Historical information

Photograph of 12 WWI Soldiers and a Naval Officer - all in uniform.

Book - Pride and prejudice

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Inscriptions & Markings

Labelled 'Cowes Free Public Library', 'Phillip Island Historical Society, Cleeland Bequest'. Stamped 'Cowes Free Public Library'.

Book - Australian landscape

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES