Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Old Post Office, Bothwell

An unusual and highly memorable Victorian timber building constructed in 1888 as the Commercial Bank of Tasmania and residence. The richly detailed facades of the bank, and the numerous other quality details throughout, are a fine testament to the capacities of the responsible Victorian carpenters and their craft. It served as the bank until 1895 when it became a pharmacy before being surrendered to the government for postal purposes in 1898.

It served in that capacity throughout the 20th century and beyond until in 2007 the post office was moved and the building became a shop.

The town’s last remaining hitching rail (where you can tie up your horse after riding into town) is still in the front of the building. The property is now a private residence.

Main Text & Information Sources – 
Interpretive Sign at the Site
Australian Heritage Database