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Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives Port Fairy, 3284

The society was formed in 1963 as a centre for local research into the early history of the town and it's pioneer families. From modest beginnings, the organisation has grown to a membership of more than 120, with a much wider range of interests.

In 1992 the society was able to negotiate the lease of the historic Courthouse building in Gipps Street, Port Fairy, which was renamed The History Centre we have now decided to rename the building “Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives to better describe our activities.

The Courthouse is one of over fifty buildings in Port Fairy classified by the National Trust as essential to the heritage of Australia and which must be preserved. It was built in 1859, with the portico added in 1869, and a further three rooms at the rear in 1874, to make the building as it is today. At the time of construction, it was the only Courthouse in the Western District of Victoria, and housed sittings of the Supreme Court and County Courts as well as General Sessions. It remained in use until 1988, when its last function, as a Licensing Court, was transferred to Warrnambool.

Much of the work of the society involves the development of the Courthouse as a museum and archives, and includes participation in the Museum Accreditation Program with which we have been accredited since 1998. The main courtroom houses a display of the original court furniture, with figures in costume. Five other rooms contain both permanent and temporary exhibitions on themes such as the early pioneers of the district, the whaling era in Port Fairy, local shipping and wrecks along the coast.

Contact Information

location
30 Gipps Street Port Fairy VIC 3284 (map)
phone
+61 0355682263

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Opening Hours

2pm to 5pm Wednesday and Saturday. Sunday 10.30am to 12.30pm winter hours 2 pm to 4 pm Saturdays only (July, August) Between September 9 2018 and September 21 2018 The Museum will be closed to put up a major exhibition. From 22nd of September to 7th October the Museum will be open from 10Am To 12noon and reopen from 2pm to 4pm everyday. We will then resume our usual hours as above after these dates

Entry Fee

$5 adult 12 - 18 years $1 Small children free accompanied by adult

Location

30 Gipps Street Port Fairy 3284

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Port Fairy and District Local History is our focus from earliest records to present day Documents, photographs, objects, books

Significance

Very early settlement of Victoria, provided one of the first members of the Victorian parliament, one of a very few settlements based on Special Surveys

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Photograph - Moyne River Bridge

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Port Fairy Moyne river bridge

Scissors

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Small metal scissors with a rectangle aperture at the base of the blades. Rust on surface. Buttonhole scissors

Inscriptions & Markings

H Boker & Co on one side and Germany on the other.

Night dress Baby

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

White cotton infants nightdress, back opeing, pleataed yoke- ties at waist

Historical information

Unknown donor - kept for handiwork

Cape

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Seal brown crushed velvet cape

Photograph - HMAS Attack anchored off Port Fairy

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Coloured photograph

Historical information

Builder: Evans Deakin and Company. Launched: 8 April 1967. 146 tons. Patrol boat visited Port Fairy in 1979 & 1980

Significance

First boat in its class for RAN

trenail

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

short length of hard wood with blunt point used for fastening decking. Burnt surface

Historical information

Probably from wreck on East Beach

Bottle

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Small clear glass bottle with embossing some cork inside

Historical information

Found 3 metres deep south of lighthouse at POrt Fairy on 2nd of December 1992

Inscriptions & Markings

Burnet's 1D Jellies/ the very best/ "s" (on base)

Photograph - HMVS Cerberus and naval vessels

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Black & white photograph

Historical information

2107 ton iron clad monitor vessel with 4'10" loading muzzle. Built in Newcastle, UK in 1868. and arrived in Melbourne in 1870 Harbour service from 1906. Scuttled at Sandringham September 1921

Significance

Visited Port Fairy 18th April 1871

Mincing machine

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

metal mincing machine No 3

Historical information

Not recorded: owned by Mr Les Ryan "Dublin House" Bank Street, Port Fairy

Inscriptions & Markings

L.F.Cc new Britain Conn. USA 1897 No 2 universal food chopper Belgium- Pat Oct. 1897 April 1899 52

Medal

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Round Royal Life Saving Society metal medal with ring on top.

Inscriptions & Markings

Around edge- 'Royal Life Savings Society' Established 1891. in middle- Awarded to J.Arnett v 1938 reverse side around edge'quemcuhque miserum videris hominem scias'. in centre- 'Royal Life Saving Society' with crossed oars

Photograph - St Patrick's Church (R.C. Macarthur

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

black and white photograph mounted in an oval

Historical information

St Patrick's Church (R.C. Macarthur

Photograph - Entrance to Gardens, Port Fairy

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Photograph

Photograph - Rosebrook bridge opening - 1950

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Photograph

Photograph - SS Coombar

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Black and white photograph

photograph Framed - Farmers Convention

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Phot of group of men, probably a farmers convention 1916 taken on the corner of Bank Street and Sackville Street in a decorative plaster frame - gold paint

Inscriptions & Markings

On Back- 'Property of WS Armstrong on loan to Dimboola Historical Society Dec. 1998

Personal effects - Smokers Set

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Metal Box. Hinged Lid. Top Portion lined with wood. Lower Portion contains four small ash trays Husky pulling sled moulded on lid. Rose moulded in centre of each ash tray

Inscriptions & Markings

On Base: Made in Japan "Japan" on the base of each ash tray

Photograph - St John's Church without tower and covered in ivy

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Black and white photograph

Significance

Evidence of the buildings earlier state

Photograph - 'Warwick Cottage' 77 Cox Street

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Coloured photograph

Historical information

The land was bought in 1853 by John Smith and he built the house. The house was offered for sale in 1866 when George Barnacle bought it and named it 'Warwick Cottage' after his birth place. it was offered to short term tenants such as the surveyor Creed, Miss Boes a dressmaker and O'Doherty the Catholic school teacher. In 1874 Dr Rastrick was a tenant and in 1878 it was occupied by the grocer William Searle and his sister a dressmaker. Barnacle offered the cottage for sale in October 1885 advising that the iron roofed stone cottage , 4rooms, detached kitchen and outhouses had been previously occupied by W.C.Uncles and at that time William Muhleg Carpenter. It ultimately sold privately to Miss Beatty and she continued to rent it to tenants. James Kilbride was the tenant in 1887-88. The cottage was sold in 1888 to Isaac Smale. The house continued its tradition of housing dressmakers with Mrs Barby carrying on that profession in the 1940's,50's and 60's.

Hat - Female

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Ladies black lace hat attached to satin banddecorated with black ribbon and pink artificial flowers and green foliage.

Photograph - Iron steamer SS Edina

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

B&W photograph

Historical information

Came to Australia from Glasgow in 1865 and ran from Portland to Melbourne, then to New Zealand when gold was discovered there. In 1880 ran on the Melbourne-Geelong passenger and freight service. A Crimean War ship she had many collisions and ‘incidents’ during her long life, and became known as a ‘collision specialist’.

Watch, Ladies pocket

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Gun-metal cased ladies pocket watch

Photograph - Gardens, Port Fairy

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Photograph

Photograph - Woodbine - rearview

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Photograph

Lamp, Kerosene

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Cast metal kerosene lamp without glass chimney. Design squirrrel eating acorn in an oval

Historical information

not recorded

Photograph - Talara - photo 1986

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Photograph

Tea Infuser

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Brass Coloured tea infuser

Historical information

not recorded

Bottle, glass

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Black glass wine bottle, recessed bottom. Encrusted with dried seaweed

Historical information

Found in Port Fairy Bay believed to have come from the ship wreck "Socrates"

Photograph - Tower Hill

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Early black & white photograph with cardboard surround

Historical information

Tower Hill

Inscriptions & Markings

Aberline 26 Faversham Rd Canterbury photographer

Photograph - Sproal, Jack Mayor 1969,1973,1974

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Black & white portrait photograph

Historical information

Jack Sproal Mayor 1969, 1973,1974

Photograph - SS Casino Saloon

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Black and white photograph

Historical information

The interior of the Saloon on the S.S.Casino showing the elaborate table arrangements and the swivel chairs that were bolted to the floor to allow passengers more comfort when the ship was moving through rough seas.

Fork,Cake (6)

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Set of six silver (EPNS) cake (Fruit?) forks

Historical information

Wedding present to Mrs Mill. Matinson formerly of Terang and Grant Street, Port Fairy

Inscriptions & Markings

E.P.N.S.

Box, Ladies Sewing

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Pearl inlaid wooden sewing box with compartments

Historical information

This work box belonged to Miss Mary Southcombe who, with her parents Thomas and Mary came from Devon Wales to Portland on the sailing ship "Clara" in 1854. Later that year they settled in Belfast (Port Fairy). Miss Southcombe resided in Port Fairy all her life and carried a wonderful record of citizenship extending over a period of more than 80 years.

Cover, food

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

High round perforated tin object standing in tin plate with sides. Used to protect food from flies and ants

Photograph - Woods, Brian Rosse Mayor 1938

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Black & white portrait photograph

Historical information

Brian Rosse Woods Mayor 1938

Rlway Line Crossed Gipps St

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

COLOURED PHOTOGRAPH

Photograph - Beached Whale 1906-07

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPH

Bonnet, baby

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

cream silk baby bonnet edged with white lace and embroidered in brim (turn back) and back no ties.

Historical information

Used by the family of Marjory Kearney

Spectacles

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Steel framed glasses

Historical information

Steel framed eye glasses with oval lens

Photograph - Orford Post Office & Store

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Black & white photograph

Inscriptions & Markings

Mail car Orford

Photograph - Royal Australian Naval Reservists

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Royal Australian Naval Reservists, possibly including local men

Photograph - Passengers on board the SS Casino

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Greeting card depicting passengers on Board the SS Casino

Inscriptions & Markings

A Merry Christmas

Photograph - Owen Flannery 1st teacher St Patricks Catholic School

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Black and White photograph

Historical information

Owen Flannery the first teacher at the St Patricks Catholic School 1849

Significance

Social significance relating to schools and the catholic religion

Photograph - Barque Sydney Griffiths

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Sepia photograph

Historical information

Barque built in Launceston by Jonathon Griffiths Bet.1827-1850

Inscriptions & Markings

The Barque Sydney Griffiths leaving Port Fairy for London 8th February 1851 Captain J Cowton

Photograph - S.S.Wannon

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

hand tinted photograph

Historical information

WANNON 567 gross tons. Lbd: 167'4" x 26'6" x 11'. Steel hulled, single screw steam coaster, coal burner (burnt briquettes when on Melbourne-Tassie run); 3cyl triple expansion steam engine, 61 nhp; built 1919 at Enkhuisen, Holland, as Boschpolder; 1920 as British flag Rawlinson; 1922 to Canterbury Steamship Co. Ltd. Lyttleton, N.Z, as Gale; 1935 to Belfast & Koroit Steam navigation Co. Ltd., Melbourne, renamed Wannon to ply the Portland, Port Fairy, Warrnambool, Apollo Bay, Melbourne trade route after the loss of S.S.Coramba off Phillip Island. World War 2 as (S-153) carried general equipment, stores to U.S. Army camps at islands such as Woodlark, Kiriwina, Goodenough. Also served at Lae, Finschhafen and Wewak. Returned to owners and in 1957 went to Hong Kong shipbreakers

Apron

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Kid leather apron with aqua grograin 3 aqua rosettes and metal freemason insignia

Historical information

Belonged to L.C.Trigger

Inscriptions & Markings

P.Blashki and Sons, I.M.Sage Manager est. 1858 109 Swanston Street Melbourne dundas lodge No 732 L.C.Trigger

Sash - Athletic

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

2 sashes royal blue, a. Port Fairy mile, metal badge with metal badge of wreath & athlete, metallic fringe. b. Orford - textile fringe

Inscriptions & Markings

a. PF Athletic Club/PF mile, 1954/presented by Hanley Bros/ Proprietors PF Gazette/won by F.D.Pevitt b. Orford Sports Carnival/Orford Mile/15-1-55/won by F.D.Pevitt

Sketch

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Flatterly's House and Brewery, Also home of J.McInnes

Historical information

Pencil sketch, sketched by person unknown to owner

Inscriptions & Markings

sketched by E.C. Dax, Port Fairy Wharf flats

Postcard - Moyne Bridge, Circa 19002

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Postcard

Photograph - Entrance to Gardens - Port Fairy

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Photograph

Photograph - Couta fishing boat "Inverness"

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Black and white photograph

Historical information

The Inverness was a well boat built in Port Fairy 1938 by K.N. Lacco and Sons for Johnny McDonald who owned and operated her until about 1942 when she was taken by the armed forces. In 1946 after the 1939-1945 War she was bought in Sydney by Tommy Davis, Jim 'Jumbo' Terjeson and Peter 'Runt' Terjeson. RFB 233 on the register 1938-1942 and 1946 - c1963