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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

Photograph of animal in the seawater at Newhaven.

Historical information

One of a collection of photographs in a scrapbook commenced in 1937.

Photograph Album - Phillip Island Cemetery

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Stanley Joseph McFee; Stanley was born at Auburn Grove, Auburn on the 23rd January 1892. He was the seventh son of William and Annie McFee. The McFee family moved to Rhyll in 1894 where Stanley was educated at the Rhyll School. Later he took up farming at Long Point, now known as McFees Road. In 1917 Stanley married Isabell May Cherry who came to Rhyll in 1912 as the school teacher. His wife May supported him in his community activities. Stanley died 1980 aged 88. Isabell May died 1966 aged 78.

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.

Photograph - Coal Jetty, San Remo

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White Postcard. View of Phillip Island from San Remo Harbour. Jetty in background - Coal Jetty. Coal comes from Kilcunda by Rail.

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Part of a collection of Rose & Valentine Postcards. Copied by John Jansson 1984

Inscriptions & Markings

Phillip Island from San Remo Harbour.

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Coloured photograph of a beach scene at McHaffie's Reef with gentleman in the foreground.

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One of 16 photographs and postcards donated by Mary Karney.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Scene McCaffey's Reef, Cowes"

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Coloured photograph of the San Remo Post Office - renovated. Identical photograph No. 181-02

Historical information

Photograph donated by Christ Northcott, San Remo

Inscriptions & Markings

On back: "San Remo P.O. Renovated 8/2/1999"

Photograph - John Barnard Lock Jnr & Elizabeth

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White Photograph of Captain John Barnard Lock and his wife Elizabeth (nee Cavell).

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

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White photograph of schoolgirls and four adults wearing party hats - possibly the Cowes Primary School

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

Photograph - Climbing the Nobbies

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

B&W postcard. View of the pathway leading to the top of the Nobbies. Various figures in the process of climbing up the track.

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

No. Inscriptions. Added under photograph "Climbing the Nobbies"

Photograph - Birds of Phillip Island

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Colour Photograph - nest and two young of New Holland Honeyeater. Bryant West Album

Historical information

One of a collection of thirty-six photographs selected for inclusion in the National Photographic Index of Australian Birds

Book - Family Herald supplements, v. LXV

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped 'Phillip Island & District Historical Society'

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph of five Surfers with boards in the surf at Summerland Beach.

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 - Genista's crew 1919

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Crew of S.S.Genista, 1919. Left to Right: Capt. Kerr, H.Kirkland, G.Kendall, McNeil, J.Jansson.

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Group photo of the crew of S.S.Genista 1919 - shown in Fishing gear.

Newspaper Clipping

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Article about the President of Back to Phillip Island, W. G. Papworth, praising the efforts of members of the committee.

Historical information

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

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White copy of a postcard. Summerland beach where the largest numbers of penguins come in at night. People on the beach and cars parked in the foreground.

Historical information

One of 20 photographs/postcards donated by Mary Karney

Inscriptions & Markings

"Penguin Beach, Summerlands."

Photograph - Genista arriving at Rhyll c1915

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

"Genista" ariving at Rhyll c.1915

Historical information

"Genista" - built 1886, Sydney. Western Port Ferry 1889 to early 1930's

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph of the Rhyll Reserve Lagoon

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 of 1st Bridge showing concrete foundations. Taken from San Remo.

Historical information

Taken by Miss Edith Elms and donated via Chrisy Northcote. 1st Bridge to Phillip Island built 1940

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White copy of a photograph of a children's fancy dress group in the early 1940's. Following are some of the names of the children. Back Row: Ruth? Humphries, Joy Odlund, ??, ??, ??, ??, ??, Stan Goodall, George Goodall, ??, ??, ??, ??, Pat Barton, ??, ??, ??. Middle Row: ??, Lesley ?, Fay Shrieber, Alan Cleeland, Ruth? Humphries, ??, Coral McLardy, ??, Wally Goodall, ??, Eris Gawith, ??, ??, ??, ??, ??. Front Row: Heather McLardy, Diedre Cleeland, Charlotte Cleeland, Shirley Matthews?, Marie Regod, Verna Gawith, ??, Clarie Loton?, Betty Bradley, Vivian Cleeland, Enid Nelson, Lois Barton, Neville Cleeland, ??, George Regos, ??, Betty Bradley hopes someone can fill in the gaps and says she is not sure which one is Ruth Humphries (put in two places) but thinks it is the one in the top row.

Historical information

This is a copy of the original photograph - donated by Betty Bradley.

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph looking north along Thompson Avenue from Chapel Street. HMAS Australia shown in the distant between Cowes and Sandy Point. Part of Cowes Garage also depicted.

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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

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph of SS "Oscar" - port side. Some crew visible. The old "Oscar" was renamed "Ventnor".

Historical information

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

Book - Phillip Island : a history of motor sport since 1928

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Inscriptions & Markings

Phillip Island & District Historical Society, Donor, 2.2.11

Newspaper cutting

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Article about the proposed expansion programmes around Westernport Bay is to benefit South Gippsland and Mornington Peninsula municipalities.

Historical information

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

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White photograph of the Cowes Pier with two vessels moored and one coming in - probably the SS Alvina. Many people on the pier.

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One of 8 photographs donated by Joseph White

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Coloured photograph of Stradbroke House.

Historical information

Stradbroke House was once run by W Smith - now (1979) owned by C Carter

Photograph - Post Cards

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

11 postcards: Cape Woollamai, Coastal Scene, Lovers' Walk Cowes, Shell House fence, Shell House & fence, Shell House fence, Beach Scene, Cowes Coastal Scene, Cowes War Memorial and pier, The Nobbies, Cowes Beach.

Historical information

One of 15 sheets with photo copies of Post Cards relating to Phillip Island from the Shirley Jones Collection.

Inscriptions & Markings

Cape Wollomai San Remo Victoria, Coast Scene Phillip Island Nobbies in Distance, Lovers Walk Cowes, The Shell House Nobbies Rd. Phillip Island, The Shell Fence Nobbies Road, Phillip Island, The Shell House Nobbies Rd Phillip Island, San Remo Beach from the Sand Hill, Cowes Feb 1935, The Pier & War Memorial Cowes No. 12, The Nobbies Phillip Island, The Beach Cowes.

Photograph - Lt G S Williams

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Sepia photograph of Lt. G. S. Williams - standing on the Cowes Pier in uniform. He was the son of Mr S Williams, Cowes. Leaving Christmas 1917. The following day he embarked for France. He was decorated with Order of The Star of Roumania.

Historical information

Unknown donor.

Book - Birds of Phillip Island

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Inscriptions & Markings

Donated by M. Chisholm 4.5.2005

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Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Brick Chicory Kiln with corrigated iron roof. Note the excavation beneath it for collecting the ashes.

Historical information

Old Chicory Kiln on Richardsons' Hill, Ventnor Beach Road, Ventor. Now used as a family home. The shed converted into extension of modern house.

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph of granite outcrops on the shoreline at Cape Woolamai

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 the Baths at Mussel Rocks, Cowes. Pine tree in the sand at left of photograph.

Historical information

Postcard from the Jack Jenner Collection

Inscriptions & Markings

The Rose Series, P. 660. The Baths, Cowes, Phillip Is., Victoria