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Published September 24th 2016
Digging into Beaconsfield History
Do you remember the day in 2006, that two miners who had been trapped underground at Beaconsfield, Tasmania for two weeks? Can you still picture the scene when they stepped out into the roar of the crowd, journalists and television cameras?
It is an image hard to erase from one's memory. The two men stepped out, still in their mining gear, and "clocked off" as if they were just completing a normal shift in the underground goldmine, that had been damaged by an earthquake. When you visit the Mine and Heritage Centre on the site, you will see that familiar yellow construction.
The Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre is on the site of the now closed mine – and pays great respect, not only to the men who survived, but all those who were part of that event, including Larry Knight who was killed, and all those who worked so hard to bring Brant Webb and Todd Russell back to the surface.
The centre was opened originally in 1984, and following the mine disaster, with government funding, the new centre was opened. It is a wonderful display of the local history as well as the history of the mine which goes back to 1847 when gold was first found at Beaconsfield.