An ongoing study into mining towns that are a shadow of their former selves. What happens to the town when the mine dries up? Who stays and who is quick to leave for the next big thing.
Part 1: Queenstown, Tasmania.
The fire started at 11:15am on Saturday morning, at 700ft below the surface of the Lyell Mine, in Queenstown, Tasmania.
Many of the men became trapped as they were working on the remote stopes and didn't know of the fire until it was far too late. The year was 1912 and there was there was no emergency warning system operating.
170 men entered the mine that day, 42 were never to be seen alive again.
During the rescue party's attempt to find the survivors they came across this note, pinned to the wall.
Seven hundred level. North Lyell mine, 12/10/1912
If anyone should find this note convey to my wife.
I will say good-bye.
Sure I will not see you again anymore.
I am pleased to have made a little provision for you and poor little Lorna.
Be good to our little darling.
My mate, Len Burke, is done, and poor old V. and Driver too.
Good-bye, with love to all.
Your loving husband,