6th March 2018

Hello Everyone, 

Our next General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 10th April, 2018 at 7.30pm.

With so many people having said to me "Miss Bowker was my first teacher at Port Fairy Consolidated School..." we are planning to a have talk on the contributions Miss Bowker made to Port Fairy as both a teacher and a nature lover. So think back, search your "little Grey Cells" for memories of her and bring them with you to the meeting. Any photos you have would be wonderful too.

Looking forward to hearing the talk and all your stories and anecdotes.


New Publications

We have a new publication for sale on our shelves.

The Lighthouse Keeper and The One-Armed Cricketer

(The Diary Of Thomas Pearson) By Richard Patterson

The diary was apparently found in Warrnambool in a box with a collection of Tennis Club minute books. It was subsequently bought as part of a job lot at a clearance sale and kindly passed on to the Port Fairy Historical Society by Mrs Ludeman of Warrnambool.

Thomas Pearson was the Lighthouse Keeper at Port Fairy between 1859 and 1866 and it is the discovery of his diary that has prompted this account to be written. And the One-Armed Cricketer, you ask? Well you will need to read the book to find out! The RRP is $20.

Two Summer Exhibitions at the Port Fairy Museum 

 With the interest generated in these two temporary exhibitions over the summer they will stay a little longer. So if you have not seen them yet there is still time to pop along.

If you were wondering what was fashionable in beachwear a century ago, then include the Port Fairy Museum on 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 “Needles and Pins” looks at the history of sewing and craft. Although now considered a leisure activity, the making and embellishment of clothing and homewares was a necessary skill in bygone days. The display includes examples of handmade clothing and craft as well as the tools used to make them. My favourite item in this exhibition is a beautiful catalogue containing sketches of ladies fashion from the 1930’s.

Of course, our Museum is always worth seeing, or seeing again. From the beautiful architecture of the old courthouse building, to the still intact courtroom, jail cell and mortuary. Our exhibits trace the history of our town, its people and its industries such as whaling,fishing and shipping and, of course, shipwrecks.

We invite you all to come along to see Port Fairy of yesterday. Bring someone with you, friends, family. Tell us what you think. Tell others.