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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 February, May and August at the RSL Cowes from 12:00 for lunch followed by a meeting , 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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Photograph - Cowes East Beach

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Small black and white photo of the beach to the east of Cowes, showing groynes.

Historical information

Groynes were erected to help with erosion on the beach.

Inscriptions & Markings

Murray Views No. 4 The Beach Cowes, Phillip Island, Vic

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph of the "Continental" taken 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

Lovers' Walk from The Esplanade looking east.

Historical information

This postcard is contained in an album presented to the then Governor of Victoria, The Earl of Stradbroke, by the fathers of soldiers & returned soldiers of Phillip Island, on 16/02/1923. The history of the album is noted on Reg. No 85-00

Inscriptions & Markings

Lovers' Walk, Cowes, Phillip Island, Victoria

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White photograph of Charles Grayden's (JNR) Tourist Bus 1925 Phillip Island with passengers on board and several ladies nearby at the Nobbies Tearooms.

Historical information

One of a collection of 6 photographs donated by Anne Grayden

Inscriptions & Markings

On back: Charles Graydens (JNR) Tourist Bus 1925 Phillip Island.

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph rear view of an early 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

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White photograph of Lady Stradbroke with small group of people.

Historical information

One of 23 photographs from the Jessie Smith Collection. Donated by Stan McFee.

Inscriptions & Markings

On Back: "Lady Stradbroke Phillip Is" "Mrs McFee"

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.

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph of Miss Anderson, Phillip Island's first Sewing Mistress - 1873

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 - McHaffie Children

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White Photograph of Quinton McHaffie as a young boy with long hair, leaning against the back of a chair in the garden.

Historical information

Donated by Bass Valley Historical Society

Inscriptions & Markings

On back: "Quinton McHaffie"

Photograph - The Pinnacles, Cape Woolamai

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White Postcard. Rock formation known as The Pinnacles at Cape Woolamai.

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Rose Series P678. The Pinnacles, Cape Woolamai, Phillip Island, Victoria.

Book - cloister and the hearth

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Inscriptions & Markings

Labelled: Phillip Island Historical Society. Cleeland Bequest.

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

View of Cape Woolamai from San Remo with 3 masted boat in background, right.

Historical information

View of Cape Woolamai with fishing boat. Part of the Jessie Smith Collection.

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White photograph of guests at Hollydene Guest House, Cowes, Phillip Island. May, Phyl & Dorrie Collett are marked with an "x"

Historical information

Photograph donated by Colin Kay

Inscriptions & Markings

On Back: Hollydene Cowes Easter 1939. May, Phyl & Dorrie Collett

Photograph - Anderson Family

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Studio Head and Shoulders Photograph of Janet Anderson

Historical information

Janet Anderson, seventh child of Robert Anderson. Studio Portrait of a young lass, frilled collar, broach at throat.

Inscriptions & Markings

Vandyk Studios, 3 Bourke Street, East Melbourne. Next door General Post Office.

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Coloured photograph of wooden Shearing Shed. Roof of wooden shingles. Three children in foreground. The two girls are Graeme Gliddon's children. Boy unknown.

Historical information

Supposed to have been built by J. D. McHaffie on his property at Ventnor and removed to Innishowen by Mr Harbison when he bought the property at Ventnor from J. D. McHaffie. In 1977 this shed was not on the property.

Photograph - Post Card

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White postcard of a group of men and women lined up for school march. Girl striding out demonstrating how to march.

Historical information

Donated by Stan McFee from the Keith McIlwraith Collection.

Inscriptions & Markings

On back: "Back to Cowes Mar 1926 School march"

Photograph - Martha Lock

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White Photograph of Martha Lock, eldest daughter of Captain J. B. Lock & Elizabeth, of Rhyll. She was the first girl child born on Phillip Island.

Historical information

This photograph belonged to the Lock family before being acquired by the Museum.

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Coloured photograph showing the Parlor - mirror above marble mantle piece. Table with centrepiece on it. Chairs - Whatnot in corner. Harry Cleeland standing nearby.

Historical information

Woolamai House was built in approx 1869 on part of Capt Cleeland's property which covered most of the eastern end of Phillip Island. He maintained the Beacon Light on Woolamai Point close to his house. Owned and occupied by family since 1869.

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Sepia Postcard - Valentine Series - View of Ocean Coast

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

"Ocean Coast from the Nobbies, Phillip I". Valentine Series No. 39.

Book - English critical essays : nineteenth century [v.2]

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

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

Photograph - Post Card

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White Postcard of view taken from Newhaven with Churchill Island in the background. Trees on foreshore.

Historical information

Donated by G. Haywood

Inscriptions & Markings

"The Rose Series, P. 696" "Churchill Is., from Newhaven, Phillip Is., Victoria"

Newspaper clippings

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Article in The Argus on establishing of a Sanctuary for Koalas on Phillip Island.

Historical information

Article in The Argus newspaper

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.

Historical information

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

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph of the entrance to Phillip Island Cemetery from Coghlan Road.

Historical information

This photograph taken by Jack Eddy for the Phillip Island Cemetery Trust. Phillip Island Cemetery dates from 1870

Inscriptions & Markings

"Phillip Island Cemetery"

Photograph - Post Card - Cowes Pier & War Memorial Phillip Island

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White Postcard of the War Memorial and Pier at Cowes, Phillip Island. Several boats moored at the pier.

Historical information

One of a collection of 18 photographs and postcards donated by Jill Yeoman.

Inscriptions & Markings

"The Pier and War Memorial, Cowes" Series 2263

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Grave of "early settler Jessie Watson nee McGregor, died 3/3/1963 aged 98 years"

Historical information

This photograph taken by Jack Eddy for the Phillip Island Cemetery Trust.

Inscriptions & Markings

Plaque donated by Phillip Island Historical Society

Clothing - Ladies Bonnet

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Ladies bonnet made of a blue satin strip at crest, white satin strip, beige lace strip, white satin strip and trimmed with lace at neckline. Has blue ribbon ties.

Historical information

Bonnet was worn by Florence Oswin Roberts. She was a local identity involved in koala conservation in the early 20th century.

Organ - Wood - McIlwraith organ

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Organ from McIlwraith home, Rhyll. Wooden, fret work in front, coloured cherubs and panels, rest for candle or light on left side top, beading below keyboard.

Historical information

Organ donated to the Cowes Kindergarten by McIlwraith Ancestors, then given PIDHS

Inscriptions & Markings

Waters, New York

Scraper

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Stone scraper, irregular squarish shaped stone. Edges are honed. Light orangy-brown coloured stone.