Tasmanias Pristine South

Tasmania’s Pristine South 2019 | Page 43 An iconic two-storey building in Franklin, known locally as “The Bowmont”, reveals an interesting part of the Huon Valley’s history. In 1906, it was built as the Commercial Bank of Tasmania, the first bank in the Valley. With a head office in Hobart, there were no other banks in southern Tasmania. Franklin, in 1906, became “The capital of the Huon” and was recorded in Tasmania’s Post Office Directory as being one of 25 bank towns. By World War II, it was the first hospital in the Valley, named “The Bowmont Public Hospital”, with the remarkable delivery of over 3000 babies within the busy maternity wing. By 1965, it was repurposed as accommodation for large families, followed by a new function in the 1970s as the Bowmont Community Centre. This saved the building from demolition. The 1980s saw a transition to youth employment skills, followed by employment services as “The Bowmont Centre” through to 2006. Village Antiques of Franklin, through owners Shane and Jane Johnson, continued the next chapter of the story by providing a decade’s-worth of interesting antiques and collectables. Thousands of items now adorn homes locally, interstate and overseas. In 2019 the story will evolve as “The Bowmont” serves the important function of accommodation for new arrivals, whose numbers are escalating due to the potential offered by the sought-after lifestyle in the Huon Valley. Opposite the Huon River, in the centre of Franklin, sits Cinnamon and Cherry. On offer are freshly baked breads, pies, pastries and tarts, cookies and cakes. Dishes of seasonal vegetables and pulses, dips, pickles and preserves create the Turkish mezes. Turkish style poached and scrambled eggs and Cinnamon and Cherry’s paper baked eggs are part of the breakfast and brunch selection. Turkish Kahve, Vietnamese ice coffee, traditional Moroccan mint tea, Tasmanian green tea, Şalgam (fermented black carrot), Sahlep (dried orchid root) or Huon apple and berry slushies are among the variety of hot and cold drinks to entice. For a Turkish inspired treat, sit and enjoy in the light, comfortable retreat of Cinnamon and Cherry, or create a wonderful picnic feast to enjoy on the Franklin foreshore. Cinnamon and Cherry is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 5pm, and is located at 3416 Huon Highway, Franklin. To contact, please phone 0419 410 845, email cinnamonandcherry @bigpond.com or facebook. com/cinnamonandcherry Has your search for that off- beat gift been fruitless? Do you have a taste for the quirky? Well, shop@franklin is the place to satisfy your needs. No, it’s not a website, just Franklin’s emporium of the eclectic, owned, operated and stocked by Southerly Dolling. Retro and vintage furniture, upcycled soft furnishings, fashion and homewares all vie for your attention with local plants, seeds for the cottage garden and artworks. Turn around and you’ll find hats, dresses and a large range of dress patterns from the 40s, along with lovely fabrics begging to become a stunning outfit. As if that’s not enough; there are handcrafted cushions, footstools, aprons (yes, aprons) – and they also have a range of tea-cosies on offer. But wait, there’s more; such as vintage jewellery, handbags, lots of coloured glassware, ceramics, and some lovely china, all just waiting for their new owner. Visit shop@franklin on Facebook for a peek at what’s in store. They are open Wednesday through to Sunday, with summer hours being 9am to 5.30pm and winter hours being 9am to 4.30pm; all major credit cards and laybys are welcome. Everything you need under one roof Franklin’s Turkish connection Find that off-beat gift Franklin’s historic post office was established in 1853 and is still going strong. The post office offers all mail services, banking and bill paying. However, to keep up with community needs, under the one roof, they have established multiple businesses including haircutting, a café specialising in beautifully roasted coffee and homemade cakes, a coin operated laundry, a beauty salon, a gift shop and a small eclectic bookshop. They invite all to come in for a chat, coffee and cake, haircut, clothes washing or just to browse. All the businesses, the Franklin Post Office, Stamping Ground Café, Franklin Haircuts, the Back Room Books bookshop and Franklin Laundry, look forward to meeting you! “The Bowmont” Huon Valley u

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