Phillip Island & District Historical Society

Some suggested local history books

Last updated on 31-Jul-22

 Please note that we do not currently have have facilities to handle book sales. 

Below is a list of books relating to Phillip Island and District's history which you can find in libraries or for sale in local booksellers as indicated, or possibly online elsewhere.


Guest houses on Phillip Island,  by Mary by Mary Karney, 1980s, is freely available  to read chapter by chapter on this website under the Essays and Talks section. 


Churchill Island History and Her Story,



At Home on the Hill, Vols 1 and 2, by Pamela Rothfield. 2019 The early years of Phillip Island Cemetery and stories of those who are buried there from those years. $35 per volume.  Volume one was Commended in the 2019 Victorian Community History Awards. These books are available at the Rhyll store, Phillip Island.


500 million years of history on Phillip Island. By Linda Cuttriss. Revised edition 2021. Self-published . Available at Turn the Page bookshop Cowes Phillip Island.


Churchill Island history and her story third edition, completely revised, 2021. Original author Patricia Baird. Revision authors Christine Grayden and David Maunders. Published by the Friends of Churchill Island Society Inc. Available at Turn the Page bookshop in Cowes and through the Friends website at


The Forgotten Island - an oral and social history of French Island, Angela Borelli, 2016.


Phillip Island in Picture and Story by Joshua Wickett Glidden. Various editions 1950s to 1970s.


An Island Family by Mary Karney, 2014.


Western Port Fishermen, by Helen Hannan and Bruce Bennet, 2010


Celebrating our Sporting Past, Vol 2: Stories inspired by images from Bass Coast’s Sporting and Leisure History, 2007.


Books by David Williams featuring his colourful water colour paintings:

Memories, Moonahs and Marine Marvels, 1999.

Wildflower Wonderlands of Victoria, 1997.


A Soldier in the Family: A source book for Australian military genealogy from the First Fleet to the Gulf War. Allan Box, 1994,.