Beaconsfield

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DISTANCES: Launceston 43Km

This area’s history dates back to 1804, when officers from a party under the command of Lt. Col. William Paterson explored the district. He decided to establish a permanent settlement at the head of Western Arm and named this York Town. Gold was discovered at Beaconsfield (originally named Brandy Creek) in 1869. The town thrived at the beginning of this century and the ruins of the big brick buildings with Romanesque arches, erected at the pithead of the Tasmanian Gold Mine in 1904, still dominate the town. The mine closed in 1914 due to water seepage after ore to the value of more than $6 million ($400 million at today’s value) had been extracted. Two of these buildings have been restored to become the award-winning Grubb Shaft Gold & Heritage Museum, now acclaimed as one of the best mining and local history museums in the country.  Open 7 days a week (closed Christmas Day and Good Friday).

WHAT TO SEE AND DO

Grubb Shaft Gold & Heritage Museum with over 30 visitor-activated displays and exhibits, native plant garden, Life and Times display, and a waterwheel-driven stamp battery.

York Town Memorial (on Greens Beach Road).

Local arts and crafts at Van Diemens Land Gallery.

Gem and Stone Creations.

Picnic area with gas barbecue just south of the town boundary.