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Port Fairy Historical Society 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.

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 3284 (map)
phone
+61 0355682263
Contact

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 - Edward Manley Mayor 1920, 1921, 1928

Port Fairy Historical Society , Port Fairy

Black and White portrait photograph

Historical information

Edward Manley Mayor of Port Fairy 1920, 1921,1928

Photograph - Griffith Island - Stormy Night

Port Fairy Historical Society , Port Fairy

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Rare old photograph of a stormy night on Griffith Island

Significance

Rare photograph of a stormy night on Griffith Island taken with a standing camera

Flask,whisky and folding cup

Port Fairy Historical Society , Port Fairy

flask: glass, leather covered, metal screw top and metal collapsible cup

Historical information

Property of William Rutledge, Port Fairy, 1860s

Photograph - East beach 1995 new works

Port Fairy Historical Society , Port Fairy

coloured photograph

Historical information

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

Toast Rack

Port Fairy Historical Society , Port Fairy

6 slice E.P.N.S. Toast rack oval bars and central Handle

Inscriptions & Markings

V 3256

Caul in Bag

Port Fairy Historical Society , Port Fairy

A dried piece of human tissue (called a caul) on paper in a chamois leather bag wth an explanation on paper

Historical information

William Robertson was born with his head enveloped in a membrane called a "caul" as the inscription states it was believed that having been born with this caul he would never drown at sea. Capt. Robertson probably wore this pouch around his neck or carried it in his clothing

Inscriptions & Markings

"Head born with this caul on his face placed on paper by his mother an omen of good luck never to drown at sea."

Tin , Glucodin

Port Fairy Historical Society , Port Fairy

Glucodin Tin

Historical information

Purchased by the Curator for the Glaxo Collection.

Inscriptions & Markings

PRODUCT OF THE GLAXO LABORATORIES GLUCODIN-D

Crockery - Plate, Carving Campo design

Port Fairy Historical Society , Port Fairy

Large Carving Plate with blue and white floral design (Campo)

Historical information

J & G Meakin, Hanley, England, manufacturer of earthenware at the Eagle Pottery (1859-1970) and the Eastwood Works (1887-1958), Hanley

Inscriptions & Markings

Campo, J & G Meakin, Hanley, England

Box, wooden toilet

Port Fairy Historical Society , Port Fairy

Polished wood case with metal inlay fitted with glass metal-topped containers

Glass, Wine

Port Fairy Historical Society , Port Fairy

Plain stemmed wine glass engraved.

Historical information

Used in the Dining rooms of Mellors' Hotel J.Mellor Prop. (Stag Hotel)

Inscriptions & Markings

Mellor's Hotel Engraved. "Standard 7 "etched

Seal, Society

Port Fairy Historical Society , Port Fairy

Metal Society seal

Historical information

Used by the Loyal Kirkstall Lodge Manchester Unity 6160 for official business

Bonnet, baby

Port Fairy Historical Society , 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

Razor - Rolls

Port Fairy Historical Society , Port Fairy

Rolls Razor with Case, Lid and Built-in Strap

Inscriptions & Markings

Rolls Razor Pat No 224578, 242718 - 1927 Blade L37 7 - Rolls Razor Made in England

fishing boat "Amaryllis"

Port Fairy Historical Society , Port Fairy

Black and white photograph

Historical information

"Amarylis" was built on Griffith Island by the Haldane Brothers when they were lighthouse keepers

inkwell

Port Fairy Historical Society , Port Fairy

White china inkwell

Historical information

used by Mrs Florence Constance Kelly

stamp

Port Fairy Historical Society , Port Fairy

1.Rubber stamp on wooden backing- used for stamping advertising on bags for the local baker 2. copy of stamp.

Historical information

Used by Seth Osmond in his bakery (One story portion of Dublinn House Bank Street Port Fairy)Later Emms Bakery

Inscriptions & Markings

Seth Osmond, Basker and Confectioner, Port Fairy Wedding cakes made to order, Small goods and specialities, Ball and picnics

James Street

Port Fairy Historical Society , Port Fairy

coloured photograph

Photograph - South Beach Port Fairy

Port Fairy Historical Society , Port Fairy

Colour photograph South Beach Port Fairy, Looking West

Inscriptions & Markings

South Beach Port Fairy

Clothing - Bonnet

Port Fairy Historical Society , Port Fairy

White cotton and lace bonnet. 3 ruffles with lace facing the front, 2 ruffles to the back. Centre piece has decorative embroidered featherstitch and piping. back section held together with tape ties, ruffles at neck and long ties under the chin

Historical information

belonged to Mrs Bolton of 8 Corbett Street, Port Fairy

Photograph - Seven prints from T.O'Shannesy's Album(Swan Island)

Port Fairy Historical Society , Port Fairy

Black and white Photograph

Historical information

Seven prints from T.O'Shannesy's Album(Swan Island)

Photograph - Tennysons Hotel, single story was the Farmers Inn

Port Fairy Historical Society , Port Fairy

Photograph

Photograph - Seven prints from T.O'Shannesy's Album(Swan Island)

Port Fairy Historical Society , Port Fairy

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Seven prints from T.O'Shannesy's Album(Swan Island)

Property tag

Port Fairy Historical Society , Port Fairy

Elliptic white metal tag with hole to attach to key

Historical information

Established in Sydney in 1900 'The Commonwealth Key & Property Register' and later, her sister company 'Australasian Key Register', provided a Nationwide Service. The service provides nationwide protection for lost, stolen or damaged locks and keys.

Inscriptions & Markings

Commonwealth Key and Property Register M 8340 Branch Office Queen Street Melbourne Obverse Finder returning with attached to nearest Police Station will be rewarded 5/- ............. returned to owner

Photograph - War memorial possibly 1923

Port Fairy Historical Society , Port Fairy

Black and white Photograph

Historical information

Opening of War Memorial possibly 1923, War Memorial is on corner of Bank Street and Princes Highway.

Photograph - Anzac Day Soldiers Memorial

Port Fairy Historical Society , Port Fairy

Black and White Photograph

Historical information

Possibly taken on Anzac Day 1923 when the Memorial was finished

Photograph - Bathing Beach Pt Fairy

Port Fairy Historical Society , Port Fairy

South Beach Car Park and Kiosk c.1920's

Significance

Represents South Beach carpark in the 1920s

Inscriptions & Markings

Bathing Beach Port Fairy

Rlway Line Crossed Gipps St

Port Fairy Historical Society , Port Fairy

COLOURED PHOTOGRAPH

Epaulettes

Port Fairy Historical Society , Port Fairy

3 sets of epaulettes for attaching to naval uniform: A. Navy epaulettes off white backing B. navy epaulettes. C. Navy epaulettes off white backing and gold braid

Historical information

Used by Captain William Robertson

Photograph - James Bragg Carrier

Port Fairy Historical Society , Port Fairy

Black and white photograph

Historical information

James Bragg carrier bringing wool from the stations to the port for shipping

Photograph - The Crags, near Port Fairy

Port Fairy Historical Society , Port Fairy

Photograph

box, collar

Port Fairy Historical Society , Port Fairy

Circular collar box in blue cardboard imitation reptile skin, internal paper lining with a leather strap and buckle.

Historical information

Used by Baden Tieman shop keeper, real estate agent of Port Fairy to store his collars in

Photograph - "The Park", Port Fairy

Port Fairy Historical Society , Port Fairy

Photograph

Photograph - HMVS Victoria

Port Fairy Historical Society , Port Fairy

Black & white photograph

Historical information

Victoria (580 tons) was the first warship to be built in England for a British colony. Designed by the British naval architect Oliver Lang she was launched in London on 30 June 1855 by Lady Constance Talbot. Arrived in Australia 1856. Out of service 1882 and broken up in 1895 Visited Port Fairy 1859, 1862 and 1873 (twice)

Photograph - Couta fishing boat "Inverness"

Port Fairy Historical Society , 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

Photograph - Kildare Cottage - Cox Street. Dominic Keating at door.

Port Fairy Historical Society , Port Fairy

Photograph

Merrijig Inn c1906

Port Fairy Historical Society , Port Fairy

Black and white photograph

Historical information

This photograph of the Merrijig Inn was taken from the top of the flour Mill.

Collar, Ladies

Port Fairy Historical Society , Port Fairy

Black satin and net embroidered collar

Historical information

This collar was part of the stock carried by Mrs Robinson whilst proprieter of a ladies shop on the corner of Sackville Street and Bank Street. Margaret her daughter carried on the business until 1939

Dress, ladies

Port Fairy Historical Society , Port Fairy

black skirt and matching bodice lace neckline and button decorated sleeves and belt

Historical information

Owned by Mrs Revell Great grandmother of Mrs Shirley Humphrys (Nee Freckleton)

Nightgown-Female

Port Fairy Historical Society , Port Fairy

Long white cotton, broiderie anglaise trim, 3 button opening in front. Long sleeved one sleeve repaired beautifully with patch the other cobbled together. The front is pin tucked with some hand embroidery.

Inscriptions & Markings

D Revell in marking ink on inside front between 2nd and 3rd buttonholes.

Bottle,Ink

Port Fairy Historical Society , Port Fairy

Blue green bottle for ink

Historical information

not recorded

Box, Collar

Port Fairy Historical Society , Port Fairy

round, brown leather box used for storing collars, hand sewn, fabric lined, leather strap, metal buckle, lid attached

Brooch

Port Fairy Historical Society , Port Fairy

Filagree metal brooch set with pearls and diamentes

Historical information

Owned by Mrs W Robinson Proprietor of Drapery store Cr. of Sackville and Bank Street Port Fairy and her daughter Margaret until 1939

Photograph - Iron Steamship Casino in the Moyne River 1906

Port Fairy Historical Society , Port Fairy

B&W photograph of the SS Casino moored in the Moyne River opposite the lifeboat shed

Chain, watch

Port Fairy Historical Society , Port Fairy

Gold linked watch chain in the two parts joined with a small ring

Historical information

not recorded

Cup & Saucer

Port Fairy Historical Society , Port Fairy

Bone china with painted scene of river & Bridge, round saucer, cup white with handle

Historical information

Owned by Mrs Dickie of "Terka" Hawkesdale. Purchased as a souvenir in Port Fairy

Inscriptions & Markings

MELBA BONE CHINA/GUARANTEED/ MADE IN /ENGLAND

Photograph - Port Fairy views - gardens, river, beach

Port Fairy Historical Society , Port Fairy

Photograph (postcard)

Photograph - Seascape from original drawing ascribed to S.T. Gill - "Belfast, Port Fairy" published 1857

Port Fairy Historical Society , Port Fairy

Photograph

Photograph - Family group in the Gardens - Christmas 1904

Port Fairy Historical Society , Port Fairy

Photograph

Photograph - "Picnickers in the Gardens", Port Fairy

Port Fairy Historical Society , Port Fairy

Photograph

Candleholder

Port Fairy Historical Society , Port Fairy

White enamel candleholder with dark blue edge

Historical information

not recorded