Phillip Island & District Historical Society

General Meeting with speaker coming up on Tuesday March 15

Last updated on 08-Mar-22

The society will hold an in-person General Meeting at the Rotary HQ, Dunsmore Rd, Cowes (up from Bass Coast Shire transfer station), on Tuesday March 15, starting at 2 p.m. Reports and General business will be followed by our speaker, Maureen Matthews, who will be sharing information about Euphemia Henderson, a well-known botanical artist and plant specimen collector for Baron Ferdinand von Mueller in the 19th century. Euphemia was also engaged to him for a time. Euphemia was sister to Georgianna McHaffie, who was married to John David McHaffie, Phillip Island's first colonist. Euphemia collected and painted plants from Phillip Island which enable us to know something of the plants which were here before closer settlement. All welcome. Afternoon tea will follow the meeting. If you wish to attend please RSVP to  The usual Covid safe requirements apply. Image shows Euphemia, and a spray of wildflowers she collected and painted. 


Euphemia Henderson

wIBCCiuq32Gb60gfgkKy4Oit4TMVt0u5HOmGb94T.jpegWildflower painting by Euphemia Henderson