Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre

The Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre is the main attraction in the historic goldmining town of Beaconsfield, and should not be missed. The museum is twice the size it was a decade ago, the remnants of the original Tasmania Gold Mine that was the original Grubb Shaft Museum still stand, but have been extensively added to with a new state-of-the-art wing. Here, the activity of extracting gold from deep below the earth���s surface is graphically illustrated.

Displays also cover the social history of Beaconsfield and the surrounding area, as well as the extraordinary events of April 2006. A small earthquake caused a rock fall in the Beaconsfield gold mine. Fourteen miners escaped safely, one miner, Larry Knight, was killed, and the remaining two, Todd Russell and Brant Webb, were trapped in a shaft approximately one kilometre underground. The two trapped miners were found alive five days later on Sunday 30th April. Rescue operations continued for nearly two weeks until the two miners were freed on Tuesday 9th May.

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