The National Trust Folk Museum is located in the Main Street next to the Franklin Harbour District Council. It is situated in the old Post Office and Post Master's Residence which was built around 1882.
Displays inside are what a house on Eyre Peninsula would have looked like inside. Other displays are of household items, photographs, gemstones, shells etc.
The museum can be opened on request by contacting the District Council Office next door, or it may be open like on the day we were here. It is staffed by volunteers.
ADMISSION IN 2012.....Adults $3 Children .50c Very cheap!
This Hotel is one of the nicer buildings in Cowell. We had our meal here and that was cheap and good.
The Hotel was built in 1881 as a single story building, with the second storey being added around 1907. During the course of excavations it was discovered that the hotel was the site where four Aborigines, executed in 1856, had been buried by members of their tribe.
This is an extract about the finds........
"The story of the executions is one of those bizarre little episodes of frontier Australia. In 1853 the McKechnie brothers had taken up land in the Cleve-Cowell area and in 1855 some local Aborigines had attacked and killed a shepherd, Peter Brown, at one of the Wangaraleednie Station outstations. Seven Aborigines (six men and one woman) were tracked and captured. It was planned that they would be taken to Port Lincoln and shipped across to Adelaide for trial. While in custody at the Salt Creek Police Station (at Arno Bay) all seven escaped and a subsequent search only recaptured four of the accused. The four were shipped to Adelaide where they were found guilty and shipped back to Franklin Harbour for execution.
In his diary Inspector Holroyd recounts the event which took place on 14 January 1856: 'In the presence of some forty blacks of the local tribe mustered for the occasion by the police, four gallows were erected on the site...Placed upon the scaffolds, a cap was drawn over their faces, and as the New South Wales convict executioner dropped a white handkerchief, the sailors from the Yatala let go the ropes and the four hung helpless and convulsed. One was quiet in a moment, but the rest kicked and struggled for some time. To complete the job, the hangman caught their legs, pressing them together and hanging on till all was over. At the gruesome sight the wild natives howled and cowered in the sand, then when all was over begged for their fellows' prison clothes. Permission was given for them to take these if they dug the graves, which they did.'
Over thirty years later the graves were discovered on the site where the Franklin Harbour Hotel now stands.
Cowell's main street isn't big, so I am sure you will find these murals. As I was walking towards the foreshore, they were painted on one of the old shops on the LH side. The scenes were of the area, and of the "black stump" which is situated in town.
Another Australian town, another "Black Stump," only this one is different to the others as it was used as a New Years Prank in 1972.
There are two Hotels in town, each located at opposite ends of the main street.
A black stump was placed between the two with the wording " The Best Pub this side of the Black Stump!"
The original stump was stolen, so it has been replaced with this whopper, weighing 2060kg. It now also acts as a memorial to the pioneers who cleared land in the area.
You read correct, the Art I viewed was called "crap" art! Why? Well, it is displayed in the Toilets at Cowell.
The artwork I saw, was in the Ladies Toilet at the Franklin Harbour Hotel. Prices were cheap, perhaps the paintings were Crap!
There was a description of what Crap Art was all about. Two paintings have been stolen and some trashed, a shame as the money goes towards the town.