The Bowman History Room offers a unique historic collection, located within Bowmans Store. The room was created to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Bowman Family business, E M Bowman & Co Pty Ltd, established in 1921. The original store was opened by Daniel Thomas and Elizabeth Maud Bowman as a post office and general store, over the years it has catered to the Islanders ever changing needs stocking hobnail boots, nails, newspapers, and basic food items. Bowman’s as it’s affectionately called lays calim to being the oldest family owned newagency in Tasmania.
Within the History room you will find an amazing collection of shop items, photographs and account books from 1921 onwards traces both the development of one family and their business and also the growth of the town of Whitemark and Flinders Island as a whole. The most perused item is the huge scrapbook of newspaper and magazine articles collected over many years by Elvie Bowman.
You will find catalogues and account ledgers that depict a vastly different world to the one we live in today. Memories will flood back for older generations, while younger generations will wonder how people survived without modern conveniences.
There are many historic photos including those from old school days and transport from years gone by, with the outer wall of the room made from a combination of Beach Sand it is a step back in time experience.
A great experience for visitors and locals alike.
Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm
Sat 9am to 12pm
Phone (03) 6359 2008
2 Patrick Street