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History sjf

Sir John Franklin (SJF) was built back in 1849 by James Whittaker, and was the leading Hotel in Kapunda in its time. The town Kapunda was very well known for it’s successful copper mining. The Hotel was named after the Arctic explorer and Tasmanian Governor, Sir John Franklin.


The Sir John Franklin Hotel is one of Kapunda’s truly historic buildings, dating back to 1849. Under new management, this old world ‘local’ is being continuously upgraded through 2022 and ‘23.

Step in and enjoy our:

  • Front Bar with TAB facilities
  • Dining Room
  • Beer Garden & pool


The dining room and beer garden are available for a wide range of functions. Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, wake, or a special event, we’re ready to make it the perfect occasion.

Contact our Events Manager today to book your next event at The Sirj.