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PHILLIP ISLAND 7 DAY WEATHER FORECAST Candowie Reservoir water level as at Dec. 13 % Full 90.3%
Current Vol (ML) 4,031
Possible late shower.
Islanders get set to party through 2018
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“Groups and individuals should start
thinking about a float or procession.
“Any group who still wants their event to be
included at any time of the year is welcome to
join in. There’s no cut off. It’s never too late
to have an event, no matter how big or small.”
He added that events were still being add-
ed to the calendar and would be announced
“But it’s going to be a very full year.”
A changed island
Peter said the idea of the island’s 150th
celebrations were originally mooted after
Wonthaggi celebrated their 100th in 2012.
“The seeds were sown then because Won-
thaggi’s century was exceptional and it was
important to make sure we received the
same treatment,” Peter said.
“The island has changed considerably over
the years and while our history is extremely
important – because that is our roots – it
doesn’t matter whether you’ve lived here 20
years or two years, residents have made a
decision to be here and we want everyone to
Bass Coast Shire event co - ordinator Frank
Angarane said the 150th birthday was about
“involvement of the whole community” in a va-
riety of events, and bringing people together.
Member Anne Davie said that unlike the
100th birthday celebrations in 1968, the
2018 party would include indigenous history.
“Just because we’re celebrating the 150th
doesn’t mean there weren’t people here be-
fore us, ” she said.
“Because our early history before the
bridge was isolated, the island has always
had a strong sense of community and people
would always entertain themselves and sup-
port the community. ”
The sub-division of the island started in
1868 with a ballot for the sale of the eastern
half, with the western half sold through bal-
lot the following year.
According to a report in The Australasian
newspaper, on November 7 1868, up to that
time – with the exception of the McHaffie’s
“pre-emptive right” – the Government had
refused to sell the land.
There were 157 allotments in the ballot,
between 10 to 160 acres in size, totalling
7195 acres. At Rhyll (called Fisherman’s
Point) there were 24 lots, and at the “eastern
passage” 32 lots, all of which were set aside
for those who held fishing licenses.
The article states that selectors received
a lot ticket, marked with their name, which
was deposited in a box.
“These tickets were afterwards drawn
out indiscriminately, and the parties whose
names were upon them were called to select
in the order in which they were drawn. ”
Nearly all the 132 lottery tickets issued
were to farmers, farm labourers, and “hard-
working men”, or “persons desirous of ob-
taining perhaps one of the best sites in the
whole colony for a sea-side residence”, with
just two “ladies” securing land.
The article states that “in a short time it
is rumoured that the rest of the island, with
the exception of some reserves, will be sold
by auction. ”
At the time Phillip Island was thrown open
to free selectors, historical reports state the
area had “undulating grassy plains”, w as
moderately timbered, with fair to good ag-
ricultural soil, with a herd of 200 deer and
numerous hares, species introduced from
the Acclimatisation Society.
New settlers arrived on the island after a
four day trek from Melbourne, initially build-
ing wattle and daub huts, fencing animals in
with tea-tree and shovelling shallow dams.
Implements were forged by blacksmiths
with tea-tree handles.
Township areas were largely divided into
six main families (of whom many descen-
dants still live here today): West, Rich-
ardson, Anderson, Vaughan, Kennon and
However, after the initial enthusiasm of
settlement, the 1870s saw an exodus of some
settlers from the island.
According to an article in the Leader news-
paper, in April 1872, farmers faced failure
not only from “the ravages of vast hordes of
“In the first place most of the farms were
originally too small, and in the second place
most of the farmers attempted (too) much in
the way of cultivation.”
Oats, hops, chicory and even peanuts were
among the crops grown on the island, in ad-
dition to livestock.
“In consequence of the comparative immu-
nity of wheat from the attack of caterpillars,
it is the intention of many farmers to sow
more of wheat and less of oats this season,”
said the newspaper.
“Whatever may be the future of the agricul-
ture of Phillip Island, there can be no doubt,
as soon as a steamer is laid on to cross the
channel from Hastings, doing away with the
weary and monotonous ride to Sandy Point,
and the uncomfortable after sail in an open
boat, that it will become one of the most
popular resorts for health seekers from the
This early map of Phillip Island shows the 1868 subdivision of the island, with lots sold through a ballot.
This photo of “the Nobby” is one of several photos taken on Phillip
Island by geologist Richard Daintree around 1859, who took the first
known photos of Phillip Island.
Phillip Island 150th Celebration Planning Committee Anne Davie and Peter Paul.
The State Library of Victoria Collection includes this photo of Pyr-
amid Rock - one of several photos taken on Phillip Island around
1859, the first known photos ever taken of the island.
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