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Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre
From small beginnings the Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre has become an award-winning centre showcasing the history of Beaconsfield and the Tamar region. It houses over 10 000 items.
In their words, 'We like to think that our centre is a collection of experiences that allow you to enjoy and appreciate the history of Beaconsfield and the Tamar Valley.'
The site of the Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre was donated in 1982 by the neigbouring Beaconsfield Gold Mine. It was the ruins of the Grubb shaft engine and boiler houses which was the largest mine pumping system in the world at the time of its operation.
Apart from the Ruin Site, the centre also houses the Mine Rescue Exhibition and the Tasmania Mine Holographic Experience.
The Mine Rescue Exhibition recounts the rescue effort to retrieve Todd Russell and Brant Webb from 950m down the Beaconsfield Gold Mine, where they were trapped for two weeks after a collapse in 2006.
The 3- Dimensional Holographic Mine Experience uses cutting edge holographic technology which allows you to experience life underground without going underground. Interactive screens allow you to meet miners, see mining techniques and choose which tunnels to explore.
There is plenty to occupy children with buttons to push, levers to pull, tunnels to crawl through and animals to search for.
The Walk of Gold will introduce you to the history of Beaconsfield through stories about the town’s buildings and some of its people.
Outside the Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre is the start of the Walk of Gold. This 1.8km round trip gives an insight in Beaconsfield's history with buildings showcased on panels with photos and stories from previous eras.
Entry is free for those with a companion card accompanying someone with a disability who requires you to accompany them during their visit.
Opening Hours: 9.30am-4.30pm
Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday.