History of Whites Corner
White's corner includes the oldest remaining shop building in the historic town of Bothwell, with this small timber building dating from 1837. John White emmigrated to Tasmania in the 1830s and established the shop, which is a rare 'brick-nogged' building clad in Tasmanian Oak timbers. The original shop had a 1-bedroom cottage attached at the rear. At that time, a woolstore and granary build were also built, which are still standing . By 1850,John had obviously propspered and he built a larger and more grand shop of brick on the corner of the site. which he operated as a general store (Whites Exchanges Stores). A small butchers shop was built on the side, and White built himself a modest brick cottage attached to his shop, comprising of two rooms and a large attic. By 1855, White extended his cottage to a grand house befitting a successful entrapeneur - adding another two rooms and enlarging the attics.
The extent of White's business interests and the importance of his store, is demonstrated by the range of outbuildings still standing on the site - these include a woolstore, dairy, butchery, granary, stables and bakery (still with its two huge woodfired ovens). White also owned a brickworks and tannery elsewhere in the town.
The White family owned and operated the store for around 150 years. Others also continued to run the 1837 store for a variety of purposes. The complex was sold in 2002 and has hosted a number of initiatives, including galleries, cafes etc.
The 1837 store and cottage, and the storekepeers house have been restored and fitted into a two and four bedroom self-catering accommodation venue respectively. The courtyard at the rear of the complex has been beautifully landscaped and guests are encouraged to explore the outbuildings that represent colonial commerce and trade in the town. The fitout has been undertaken by a heritage professional with the aim of blending the heritage values of the building, with all the modern conveniences and comfort that travellers expect. Whites Corner is the essence of what Tasmania has to offer - a unique and intact heritage coupled with quality hospitality to make your stay enjoyable.
Bothwell is one of Tasmania's historic gems. Settled by Scottish settlers in the early 1820s, the town and region boasts a beautiful range of historic buildings and landscapes. There is a distinct Scottosh theme to the town, with a premier whisky distillery, the oldest golf course in Australia and the Australasian golf museum amongst the key attractions of the region. THe Bothwell Historical Society, with a small museum opposite Whites Corner, preserves and presents the history of town to locals and visitors alike.