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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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1210 items

1210 items

Banner

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Royal Victorian Institute For The Blind Banner - Royal blue with gold lettering braid and fringe

Historical information

Presented to P.F. Auxilliary for Silver Anniversary

Inscriptions & Markings

Auxilliary Royal Victorian Institute For The Blind Silver Anniversary

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.

K Crowe Mayor 1985

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Black and white photograph

Historical information

K Crowe Mayor 1985

trophy

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

bronze trophy of a horse with a chain around the neck

Historical information

Trophy won by Beu Nation a horse owned by Norma Baulch's father at the Port Fairy races

Inscriptions & Markings

Port Fairy Racing Club, handicap novelty pony race - 8.2.1930 Winner Beau Nation owner T.Dunphy

Photograph - Southern Beach scene - Circa 1930 (area adjacent to car park and toilets)

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Photograph

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 - Cooinda

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Cooinda was one of three stately homes built on the hill at the entrance to Port Fairy the others being Talara and Seaview

Bib

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Blue wool, with blue and white logo attached with shoulder straps and a half zipper to attach to a swimming costume. Shoulder straps cross at back joined with the band.

Historical information

Used by a member of the Port Fairy Life Saving Club during competitions

Inscriptions & Markings

PORT FAIRY (Inside lifebouy LSC)

chain. survey

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

metal surveying chain with brass markers and handles

Inscriptions & Markings

James Beddington "Warranted correct"

Photograph - Courthouse & Customhouse

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Black and white photograph

Historical information

This view of the Customs house and Court house also includes the wreck bell which hung on a plinth outside the Customs house until the 1970's. The wreck bell was rung to alert the town that a ship was in trouble in the bay

Photograph - True Colour

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Photograph

Black & white photograph - PF Gardens Rotunda

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Photograph

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 of England Interior

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Black and white photograph

Historical information

St John's Church of England

chemise baby

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

White cottn handmade chemise small gathers at neckline. Flat seams. Placket opeing at backwith one button

Historical information

Unknown donor - kept for handiwork

Photograph - St Johns Church detail gate

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

black and white photograph

Historical information

St Johns Church of England gate detail

Photograph - East beach 1995 new works

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

coloured photograph

Historical information

Original works took place in 1992. The showers were removed here and more soil introduced.

S.S.Casino memorial showing Barometer

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Coloured photograph

Historical information

Memorial to the nine crew members who died when the S.S.Casino sank in July 1932. Contains the original propeller, the wreck bell and a barometer. Note the brick barbeques to the left of the photo

Seal, society

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

An iron seal for the M.U.I.O.O.F. Lodge

Historical information

Used during the years 1848 to 1972 for official Lodge business

Barometer

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Barometer set in a carved wooden frame

Historical information

not recorded

Pat,butter (2)

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

2 wooden butter pats 113c with grooved face other plain and roughly made

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not recorded

Photograph - Drag and Horses

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

black and white photograph

Photograph - Renovation of Borough Chambers

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Historical information

The rear of the Borough Chambers being renovated in Bank Street during 2003 prior to becoming a restaurant called "Lunch" now called "Le d era"

Lorgnette

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Spectacles - Lorgnette - Single Floral gilt with finger ring

Inscriptions & Markings

Floral decoration

Photograph - Humphrys, Isaac Roy Mayor 1968

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Black & white portrait photograph

Historical information

Humphrys, I.R. Mayor 1968

Photograph - TSS Coramba

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Photograph

Historical information

T.S,S.Coramba owned by the Belfast and Koroit Steam Navigation Company in the 1930's

Bag, Ladies

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Small tapestry bag, beige, maroon and black design cotton lining and damged silk lining over the top - vream colour twisted cotton and silk handle that is sewn around the edge of the bag and across top. Handle attached to bag by small metal ring

Photograph - Goose Lagoon Campsite 1918

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Black and white Photograph

Historical information

Goose Lagoon Campsite 1918 A post card of the area a few miles from Port Fairy

Inscriptions & Markings

Campsite Goose Lagoon 1918 WRBt

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.

Hat, Captain

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Merchant Navy peaked Cap: Navy cotton peaked cap cotton crown, black leather chin strap, Belfast and Koroit Steam Navigation Company Embroidered badge

Historical information

Used by Captain William Robertson whilst Captain of the "S.S.Casino"

Inscriptions & Markings

6 7/8 (inside band)