Lunawanna, Tasmania

Lunawanna is a small township on the western side of Bruny Island, Tasmania, facing the D’Entrecasteaux Channel.[1] It is named after part of the Tasmanian aboriginal name for Bruny Island, Lunawanna-alonnah,[2] a nearby township about 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) to its north being named Alonnah.[1]

Lunawanna is in the federal electorate of Franklin, the Tasmanian House of Assembly division of Franklin, and the Tasmanian Legislative Council division of Huon. The Bruny Island local council amalgamated with Kingborough council in 1994 and Lunawanna is located in the Kingborough Council local government area.

Mrs Lue Lunawanna ( Granddaughter of Eddie) wanted the Tasmanian Government to name a small region on South Bruny after Mr Lunawanna to remember the aboriginal people of Bruny Island and there past traditions as Europeans had already taken over the Island and there are now not many aboriginals who still live on the island.

Lunawanna has a public toilet at the community hall, a jetty, and a post box. Bruny Island Premium Wines is located at Lunawanna. The closest food store, post office, and police station are located in Alonnah, 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) to the north. The only petrol available on Bruny Island is at the Adventure Bay store, 19 kilometres (12 mi) away via Bruny Island Main Road.

On the last Saturday evening of every month an amateur talent night (the Lunawanna Jamboree – until 2015 named Hoppy’s Jamboree, in honour of its founder) is held in the Lunawanna Memorial hall.

History

Daniel’s Bay Post Office opened on 1 April 1899, was renamed Lunawanna in 1907 and closed in 1971. In the past there was a sawmill at Daniels Bay, later relocated to “Ventnor” on Little Taylor’s Bay, and another at “Out the Back”, near the Cloudy Bay Road, on the eastern side of Lunawanna. At Ventenat Point, on the western shore of Little Taylor’s Bay, sandstone was quarried and shipped to Hobart and Melbourne between 1860 and 1872.

Current industries include tourist accommodation, oyster farming (on Little Taylor’s Bay), and pig farming and an apple orchard (both on the eastern side of Lunawanna).[3]

References

  1. ^ a b Margo Daly (17 October 2011). The Rough Guide to Australia. Rough Guides, Limited. pp. 919–. ISBN 978-1-4053-8225-0. Retrieved 7 November 2011.
  2. ^ Charles Rawlings-Way; Meg Worby; Gabi Mocatta (1 October 2008). Tasmania. Lonely Planet. p. 140. ISBN 978-1-74104-691-5. Retrieved 7 November 2011.
  3. ^ Premier Postal History. “Post Office List”. Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 16 June 2012.