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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
Port Fairy Historical Society P.O. Box 152 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 Under 12 free

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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1209 items

1209 items

Photograph - Captain John H Dowling

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Black & white photograph

Historical information

Captain John H Dowling aboard the S.S.Coramba. He was the Captain of the ship when it was lost in a storm off Phillip Island on the 29th November 1934. All hands were lost

Folder,Souvenir

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Photographic folder of Port Fairy Scenes

Historical information

Commercial photographs folders produced for local newsagent

Inscriptions & Markings

Walker & Palmer booksellers Port Fairy

Apron

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

pale kid apron with black trim

Historical information

Used by Alexander Moutray during meetings of the MUIOOF. Alexander was a saddler in the Port Fairy District during the late 1800's

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamp of crest of manchester Unity of the Inderpendent Order of Oddfellows

sash

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

sash for cycling royal blue, gold lettering, metallic fringe, won by H. Eales

Inscriptions & Markings

Port Fairy Cycling Club/ Championship 1941/won by/H.Eales

Photograph - Gerard C De Vries Mayor 1992

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Coloured portrait

Historical information

Gerard C De Vries Mayor 1992

Photograph - Talara - photo 1986

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Photograph

Night dress

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Full len Scooped neckline short sleeves front bodice made in fine lacegth nightdress

Historical information

not recorded

Muffin Irons

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

set of 11 (eleven) cast iron muffin holders

Historical information

not recorded

Inscriptions & Markings

9-4.2.0.3

Photograph - Port Fairy Hospital 1860

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Black and white photograph

Historical information

The land for this building was granted to the Benevolent Society by James Atkinson in 1850. Tenders were being called for a new "Benevolent Asylum" in 1855, the foundation stone having been laid and by 1856 the first part of the Hospital was completed.

Significance

This photo taken in 1860 shows the very first building made from local bluestone. The hospital is thought to be the first such building in Victoria

Jacket, tipstaff

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Black collarless knee length jacket, slit at the back to the waist trimmed with black braid.. two(2) metal, silver coloured crowns - insignia (inside pocket)

Photograph - Aringa Homestead - Blacksmith shop

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Photograph

Photograph - 1 William Street - late 1840s

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Photograph

Photograph - Garden Avenue, Port Fairy

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Photograph

Photograph - Squattleseamere Bbelle

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Photograph

Photograph - Gardens, Port Fairy, (1908 postmark)

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Photograph

Photograph - Methodist Church (Wesleyan)

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Methodist Church (Wesleyan) Interior 1908

Photograph - Guyett's Horsedrawn Hearse

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Guyett and Sons builders, and Undertakers occupied a shop in Sackville Street Port Fairy now owned by Brooke's. The property runs through to Princes Street more commonly known as 'Coffin Alley' because the buildings a t the back were used by the undertaking part of the business.

Photographs - How Do Towns Change

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Selected images taken from the "How do Towns Change Series

Historical information

Selected images taken from the "How do Towns Change Series developed by the Secondary (Schools) Education Project team designed to assist teachers to develop and provide an alternative approach to historical studies for year The aim of the new program was to provide an opportunity for the students to observe and describe, the changes in the town (Port Fairy) over time and those landmarks which have remained unchanged

Significance

Series reflects changes in the town over 70 years

Inscriptions & Markings

Each item in the set of 98 photographs maps and newspaper extracts are labelled on the back with the number, source and details of the item

Photograph - Belfast Shire Presidents Gallery

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Belfast Shire Presidents Gallery from 1863 - 1979

Certificate, Presentation

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Leather bound presentation with photos of Port Fairy 1937-1938

Historical information

Presentation certificate to Mr William J.Tyler by the Borough of Port Fairy for Community Service

Inscriptions & Markings

To William Tyler Esq.

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)

Pipe

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Brown Wooden Bowl, Black stem, Gold band

Inscriptions & Markings

H.C. 375 n B

Photograph - In the Gardens, Port Fairy

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Photograph

Lamp, Kerosene

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Small glass bulbous lamp with cotton wick and metal sleeve housing.

Photograph - Oblique Port Fairy Streets and rail line

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Black and white Photograph

Historical information

This photograph shows Port Fairy from the air looking down on Douglas House across the rail lines showing Bank Street, Sackville Street, Cox street and to a lesser extent surrounding streets

Significance

This photograph depicts the Streets and river during the 1940's and the buildings that were present at that time some no longer in existence

Inscriptions & Markings

ALEX WILKINS PHOTOGRAPHER WARRNAMBOOL O.G.Powell Chemist Phone 88 Port Fairy

Photograph - South Beach diving board 1939

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Photograph

"The Crags" - Circa 1930

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Photograph

matchbox holder

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Brass handmade box to hold matchbox hammered both sides with 'Ypres' on one and 'RT' on the other

Historical information

Found in the attic of "Seafield" 16 Wishart Street possibly belonging to someone who was boarding at the house between 1910 and 1922

Inscriptions & Markings

RT Ypres

Photograph postcard - Large cannon in Port Fairy Botanical Gardens

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Black & white photographic post card

Historical information

One of the large cannons located in Port Fairy in reply to the threat from foreign invaders. Originally located in the fort on Battery Hill they migrated to various destinations around the town. One of the two originally located at King George Square found its way to the gardens where it occupied several locations before resting at the car entrance to the Gardens - possibly when the Avenue of Honour was planted in Bourne Avenue. A great favororite with the kids of the town, both have now been returned to their original location where they are currently having their carriages refurbished.

Inscriptions & Markings

Botanical Gardens Port Fairy

Portait photograph - Hughes, Francis Harold Mayor 1942 1950

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Black & white portrait photograph

Historical information

Hughes, Francis Harold, Mayor 1942-1950