Franklin – Tasmania

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The village of Franklin on the Huon River

Many artists gravitate to Tasmania for its inspirational landscapes. Not least among these are the vistas of the magnificent Huon Valley.

Nestled on the Huon River the modern day village of Franklin was first settled in 1836 on the land of the Mellukerdee people.  The venue for the Winter Series Workshops known as ‘Franklin Cottage Studio’ was built in 1860. It was  then known as Tynan’s General Store.

In the year 1838, Jane Lady Franklin, wife of Sir John Franklin, Liutenant Governor of Van Diemen’s Land, purchased 1,280 acres  for the purpose of carrying out a social experiment by offering poor, hard working families a chance to own their own land.

Many of the prospective settlers personally vetted by Lady Franklin took up land between 1838 and 1842. Originally known as “The Huon Settlement”, the memory of the village’s socially conscious founder was later reflected in the name by which it is known today.

Franklin in winter

Snow on the hills behind the Franklin Studio after an extraordinary winter snow fall

The Old Bank building shown to the left in this winter photograph now houses the  Navy Museum which houses a unique collection of naval memorabilia from every part of the World.


The Navy Museum


A short walk in a northern direction takes you to Jack Woodward’s Model Boat Shipyard; home to model ships ranging from vessels that sailed the seas 100 years ago, right up to ultra modern radio controlled Model A racing machines which compete in fiercely contested club events on the Huon River.

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The Baltic Trader SV Yukon

Model ShipyardAcross the highway, by the waterfront, is the home of the famous Wooden Boat School.  Franklin along with the town of Cygnet, has been a mecca for wooden boats since the days of first settlement.  Moored at the end of Franklin Marina wharf you will find the Baltic Trader the ‘SV Yukon’ which was discovered sunk and abandoned in a Danish harbour. The ship was raised from the bottom and repaired by the current owner who subsequently sailed the vessel to Tasmania following the trade route of sailing ships during the 18th and 19th Century.

The studio is located in an original general store built circa 1865.

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Franklin Studio

  2 comments for “Franklin – Tasmania

  1. Toni McLean
    November 27, 2014 at 1:53 am

    Hello David,
    I’m the Secretary of the Franklin Branch of the Greens (Tasmania). I’m making Certificates of Appreciation for our most hard-working members for 2014. Doing a google search I saw the above image of Franklin Village and would like to use the image in the background of the certificates. Would you be agreeable to this?

    Kind regards
    Toni McLean

  2. admin
    July 16, 2015 at 12:45 am

    Thank you Sherry. Sorry it has taken so long to get back to you. The website was created for me by my brother inlaw. I am so incompetent at these things, and it is only through my wifes encouragement that I hav come back to the website today. Thank you for the information you are imparting it is very helpful and we will follow through. I find it difficult to do my art practice and run a website at the same time so Lesley my wife will be taking over that department and I can answer any questions put t me as they cme in. Yes we do want to improve the numbers coming to this website. I will be directing people from google plus with the address. I have had quite a number of hits there, maybe we already have a link. We will go to the suggested site ‘tonisphere and get more information as you suggested. Thank you once again, you are very generous with your information. Cheers! David

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