Franklin History Walk

 

Tasmanians and visitors to the Huon Valley can enjoy a self-guided history tour when they visit the historic town of Franklin.

The tour through will take you to buildings of character that feature bronze plaques with photo inlay that tell the story of the buildings and the people that worked inside them.

The walk includes the Franklin foreshore that runs alongside the Huon River.  Here you will find a series of interpretive panels where the subject matter is our First Nations people, the historic police precinct and so much more.

A booklet produced by Kieran Bradley Designs has been published for the Walk and it captures the many stories of a time when Franklin was the largest town South of Hobart, a time when the foreshore was alive with boat building, visiting passenger steamships and large scale food production.

This project would not have been possible without the generous funding of $47,500 from the Tasmanian State Government's Community Infrastructure Fund and the many partners that worked on this project for the betterment of Franklin and the Huon Valley.

Former President of the Franklin Progress Association and grant writer, Mayor Bec Enders, said “this project was driven by the community to celebrate the custodians of this area, the Aboriginal people and the pioneers that worked there and called Franklin their home.

An incredible amount of energy has been spent by the Franklin History Group in researching each building and the characters that lived in Franklin in the late 1800's and early 1900's.  I take my hat off to them for their commitment and dedication in bringing the past into our future!"

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