With the summer holidays here at last, this season’s swimwear is appearing on our beaches. If you were wondering what was fashionable a century ago, then include the Port Fairy Museum of your list of “things to do”. There is a wonderful male swimming costume in navy and red, accessorised with a matching straw hat, that is part of the new “Port Fairy Bathing” Exhibition.
Our second Exhibition “Needl...

Summer appears to be here already and the Port Fairy Surf Life Saving Club was in the water on Sunday practising their life saving techniques. Here is a photo taken of the life savers in 1964 a Junior crew comprising The Sweep Kevin Hiscox, Alan Matthews, Barry Dempsey, Garry Hiscox and Alan Brown.

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Shearing and haymaking is in full swing throughout the district. It's a busy time for our farming community. This is an image from the 1930s and taken at a property called "Riverside" at Orford. The dark portion of the woolshed (on the left) was originally the Orford Creamery and was towed to the property by a bullock team around 1921. It is still there as far as I know.

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Do you like board or card games? If so have a look at the great game devised by one of our members, Glen, now on our website. The game is based on the grab for land back around 1851, Called Land Hunger Belfast 1851, you will find it on the website by clicking on Educational Games from the list on the left of the screen on the home page, grab a pack of cards and you are ready. One of the characters who is featured is William Rutledge, Irish born, business man, speculator, MP, gentleman or scoundrel, - you decide.

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I would date this photograph to the 1930s from the style of clothes worn by the ladies or girls. The ladies bathing boxes look like they have suffered from the effects of the weather.

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A reminder to everyone that the Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives will be closed on the Labour Day weekend (11, 12 and 13 March). The Port Fairy Folk Festival happens that weekend and everyone is pretty focussed on what they want to see.

Here is a view that you won't see - it is the rear of the Victoria Hotel, corner of Bank & James Street taken in the 1960s prior to the extensive renovations that took place around 20 years ago. The gable roof on the right of the image is the northern end of the drill hall.

This image is from the J.T. Collins Collection, La Trobe Picture Collection, State Library of Victoria.

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This Tuesday night, 14th February, is the AGM of the society. It starts at 7.30pm at our HQ in the old courthouse in Gipps Street. I'm pretty sure all positions have nominations, so why not come along, meet the members and hear about the many and varied activities from the last 12 months. A very friendly society, new members will be made very welcome.

This is a great image taken from the old Moyne Mill looking south towards Griffiths Island. Look at those Norfolk Pines - they're so small and the houses look tiny too.

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A nice post from our friends at Koroit Historical Society.

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I love the friendliness and co-operation between the local historical societies. We visit each other from time to time and freely share information and Just the other day we received a little package with some photographs and this little badge from the 1951 Back to Koroit. Only a small item, a little bigger that a 10c piece but amazingly we didn't have one in our collection. So thank you to Port Fairy Historical Society for giving us this little treasure.

On behalf of the committee of the Koroit & District Historical Society I extend seasons greetings to all Society members and Friends.

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It's wedding season at the moment, This is Cecilia (Cilla) Spooner at her wedding to Wilfred Axe in 1932. They lived in James Street all their married life. Sadly their only child a son, was run over and killed at 14 years of age. A window in St John's Port Fairy is named in Cilla's memory.

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Our Moyne River bridge is getting some major work and will be closed to vehicular traffic for two weeks from Monday 10 October.. Foot traffic will still be able to cross over. The bridge is such an integral part of our town I hope it can be completed as quickly as possible so I'm hoping for fine weather..

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Here are some photographs shared with us by one of our followers, Brenda. The Rosebrook Cricket Club 1936 - 37 with Ken Riddell front row 4th from the left. A tennis club photo and lastly a photograph she has called Poultice Hill Cricket Club 1936 - 37. I have looked in the books I have but can't find a reference to Poultice Hill, anybody know where that is? Thanks Brenda for sharing your photographs The Poultice Hill photo is the last one with the men in the back row with their arms folded.

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With football finals happening on a local and national level I thought I would post up this image of the Port Fairy Rovers from 1938.

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Our previous post about “Talara” created quite a bit of interest. I have found this photograph in the files and you will see “Talara” on the extreme right of the image, “Cooinda” in the centre and “Seaview” on the left. These houses along with a fourth large house called “Loongana” which was just to the west of “Talara” were built on this high ground away from the smells associated with the river and where the drainage was good. Port Fairy as we know is very low lying an...d before sewerage and proper drainage were installed the low lying areas would have been quite smelly at times. The long post and rail fence running horizontally through the image is roughly the site of present day Phillip Street.
“Cooinda” was built in the mid-1850s for Lloyd Rutledge, brother of William Rutledge. Lloyd was a heavy drinker and died in 1858 as the result of a fall down some stairs. He broke his neck. Buried during a thunderstorm some say his spirit haunts the Port Fairy cemetery.
Both “Cooinda” and “Loongana fell into disrepair in the early years of the 20th century and by the 1950’s the last remnants of “Cooinda” had been demolished. “Cooinda” is remembered in the street name of “Cooinda Close” off Phillip Street.

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You may be interested to know that our friends at the Koroit Historical Society have recently established their own facebook page. Just type Koroit & District Historical Society into the search box. Here's one of the images they posted recently, their first butchers shop.

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