The Bowman History Room offers a unique historical collection, located in Whitemark, Flinders Island.
The room was created in 1996 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Bowman Family business, E M Bowman & Co Pty Ltd, established in 1921. So we are now in our 102nd year! This amazing collection of shop items, photographs and account books from 1921 onwards traces both the growth of one family and their business and also the development 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.
Entry to the Furneaux Historical Research Association is by gold coin donation during shop hours. While you are visiting Flinders Island you can also experience the Patriarchs Wildlife Sanctuary, Wybalenna Historic Site and the Furneaux Museum. The extraordinary jagged peaks of Strzelecki National Park can also be explored.
Flinders Island is a 30-minute flight away from Launceston or just under a one-hour flight from Melbourne.