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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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1207 items

1207 items

Medical Ointment and Liquid

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Metal jar of medical ointment with blue background decorated with gold and cream flowers and leaves. Small bottle of clear medical liquid.

Inscriptions & Markings

.1 Rawleigh's Ready Relief - Reg'd Vic 18810 E2012 - Liquid .2 Rawleigh's Medicated Ointment - Reg'd Vic 635 - Ointment

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 - Crowe, Thomas Augustine Mayor 1943,1952,1963

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Black & white portrait photograph

Ledger, book of accounts

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Ledger of Crowe and Sons Local Merchants Yambuk. Commenced 1906 - 1909 Detailed accounts

Historical information

Ledger used by Crowe and Sons in conducting their business in Yambuk during the years 1906-1909

Inscriptions & Markings

LEDGER Crowe 1906-1909

Photograph - Willoughby, Jack Mayor 1972

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Black & white portrait photograph

Historical information

Mayor of Port Fairy 1972

Columns, Ritual

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Varnished wood columns - bottom section of the column square, tapered round column with ornate capital. Capital missing from second column

Historical information

Used as ritual objects by members of Port Fairy Masonic Lodge No.67 started in 1872

Cutters, Biscuit

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

4 tin Fluted biscuit cutters

Historical information

Used by Mrs Larnach's family

Photograph - Bermingham's Victoria Hotel

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Thomas and Margaret Maria Bermingham came to Australia from County Kildare in 1854. By 1856 Thomas was doing business as a Shoemaker in a three roomed dwelling with workshop and garden in Bank street. The stone hotel building was erected in 1867, and named Bermingham’s Victoria Hotel where he conducted the business with his wife. Thomas Bermingham died suddenly in 1874 only 48 years old. His wife continued to run the hotel until 1901. It was not unusual for women to run hotels at this time, although they had to be widowed To be granted a license.. John Maloney took up the license but the hotel closed in 1909. The building still stands unoccupied today, but is in a very bad condition

Significance

Photograph of a building in Bank Street possibly the late 1800's

Measure, bowls

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Bone measure for lawn bowls - 2 bone measuring pins connected by threaded string with shuttle for storing string

Historical information

Part of Capt. William Robertson's collection used in retirement?

Inscriptions & Markings

Dewar's "Imperial" (on shuttle)

rollock

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

metal rollock, probably from a rowing boat. Traces of red lead and white paint

Tag, Canine

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Circular brass disc with inscription and Australian Coat of Arms.

Inscriptions & Markings

Face - Regd Dog 1 July 1947 30 June 1948

Badge

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Circular metal badges with pin attachment on back. (a) & (b) Two with Photographic black and white picture of Port Fairy lighthouse and inscription below. (c) & (d) Two with view of river of boats have red border and inscription. (e) One with view of Battery Hill has a brown border and inscription (f) One with view of wharf has a faded red border.

Historical information

Part of a series of badges produced for Back To Port Fairy and the Port Fairy Centenary Celebrations

Inscriptions & Markings

(a) & (b) Two - Back to Port Fairy 12/11/21 (c) & (d) Two - Back To Port Fairy November 1921 (e) One - Back To Port Fairy March 1927 (f) One - Port Fairy Celebrations Nov 1934

Slip

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

White lawn Slip: White lawn slip with lace trim around neck lace trim around armholes, 2 bands of lace trim around the bottom edge with 3 lines of decorative machining between them

Historical information

Owned by Hazel Evans Nee Watson or Regent street.

Barometer

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Barometer set in a carved wooden frame

Historical information

not recorded

Photograph - 1 William St - rearview

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Photograph

Post Card - Stag Hotel

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

black and white post card

Historical information

This is one of a series of post cards drawn by artist Mrs Irene Bartlett of Port Fairy. This one depicts the Stag Hotel on the corner of Cox Street and Sackville Street

Photograph

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Four modern prints Port Fairy Housing: good black and white

Historical information

given by Education Department

Inscriptions & Markings

none

Photograph - SS Casino holiday time

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Coloured photograph

Photograph - blarney books

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Postcard - Moyne Bridge

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Postcard

Whistle,Steam

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Brass Steam Whistle:

Historical information

Whistle used to mark lunch time and finish of day shifts at the Glaxo Factory from the 1920's to the 1980's

Significance

This Glaxo factory whistle played a significant role in the fabric of the populace of Port Fairy signalling lunch time and end of the working day from 1929 to 1980.

Plate Souvenir

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Royal Stafford English six sided gold rimmed white souvenir plate with transfer black image of the Port Fairy lighthouse.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front - The Lighthouse Port Fairy Victoria Back - Guaranteed Bone China Royal Stafford Made in England

Shoe, child

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Black leather ankle strap with bead button, white fabric lining with red insert. elastic banded front with three pearlescent buttons. Small flat heel attached with nails

Inscriptions & Markings

"2"

Bottle,Beverage

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Torpedo Shaped pale green Glass Bottle, with raised lettering

Historical information

Used by Webb & Sons Cordial Factory owners for bottling their products, Became Webb Bros by the 1890's

Inscriptions & Markings

Webb & Sons, Belfast, Aerated Water, Manufacturers

Jabot

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

White net jabot with lace hemmed on the bottom

Historical information

Part of a collection of clothing which belonged to F.W. Fry

Photograph - SS Casino Memorial Pt Fairy

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Black and white photograph

Historical information

A memorial to those who died when the S.S.Casino ran aground in bad weather at Apollo Bay in 1932. This memorial held the original propeller, the wreck bell and a barometer. The wreck bell was removed in later years because of continuous ringing by mischief makers and the barometer also was removed. The barometer was placed there for the fishermen to consult before going to sea. A service is held every year at 11 a.m. July 10th to commemorate the sinking of the ship. The names of the nine people who died is inscribed on a plaque on the side.

Tins with Lids

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Tin 1 - Round with orange trim 3lb with lid Tin 2 - Round with blue trim 3lb with lid Tin 3 - Round with blue trim 1lb with lid

Historical information

On the bottom of Tin 3 1LB Use Before Feb Mar Pack Nov 1948 Hand Written - Tony Bell

Inscriptions & Markings

1. Glaxo Modified Milk Food Enriched with Vitamin D (Glaxo Laboratories) 2. & 3. Glaxo Progressive Milk Food for Older Children Enriched with Vitamin D (Glaxo Laboratories)

Photograph - East Beach - Looking west

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

B&W Photograph

Historical information

This photograph was taken from the end of Battery Lane which was a favourite place for families to bring their children. There are gentle waves, lots of shells, and no deep water close in.

Inscriptions & Markings

Eastern Beach, Port Fairy V15

Gavel and Base

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Wooden gavel and stand with leather top and rubber base

Historical information

This gavel and stand was used in rituals by the members of the Port Fairy Masonic Lodge No. 67.

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

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Photograph