The D’Entrecasteaux Channel is a place of tranquility, with its secret bays and protected inlets. Behind its natural beauty lies a rich and intriguing heritage, from whalers and timber cutters to fruit-picking Prisoners of War! Two amazing places to step back in time, view artefacts, and uncover tales about the region’s fascinating past are the Channel Museum and Hartzview Vineyard. You can even indulge in some tasty food and beverages while you’re at it (time travel is hungry work).
The Channel Museum
The Channel Museum at Margate showcases the cultural, social, artistic and industrial life and history of the Channel area. Their artefact collection has been gathered over forty years, and mainly consists of common articles donated by locals. The displays offer an intriguing insight into the lives—and spirit—of the early settlers, including whalers, timber cutters, shingle splitters, bullock drivers, pit sawyers, early sailors, and river craft men. Admire the art in the gallery, with exhibitions by local artists and organisations, as well as temporary displays. Delve deeper into your own family history in the research room, grab a bite to eat in the café, and pick up a keepsake from the gift shop.
Images kindly provided by The Channel Museum.
Hartzview Vineyard & Heritage Pickers Huts
At Hartzview Vineyard in Gardners Bay, take a self-guided stroll through the Heritage-listed pickers’ huts and discover how the small-fruit pickers and Italian Prisoners of War lived last century. Imagine what life was like for the people who lived and worked in the 1900s, as their stories are brought to life through the photos and artefacts on display in the carefully restored huts. Take in the beautiful views as you wander, then enjoy a delicious platter, meal and wine in the restaurant onsite.
Images: Isabel Galloway
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