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Interesting Insights into Zeehan Pioneer Life

By December 17, 2012

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If you're touring the island state of Tasmania and have reached the fishing port of Strahan on the west coast, you may want to take Zeehan Highway north to the old mining town of Zeehan on your way, say, to Cradle Mountain or Devonport and Launceston.

While Zeehan has had a population of some 10,000 with the discovery of silver-lead deposits in the area in the late 1880s and early 1900s, the depletion of these resources saw a corresponding decrease in the town's population.

What to see in Zeehan? Relics of its mining and busy rail transport days, including mining machinery and steam locomotives, are to be found in the town's West Coast Pioneers Memorial Museum which provides an insight into the life and times of the Zeehan pioneers. There's much memorabilia of the years gone by.

Photo: West Coast Pioneers Memorial Museum © Tourism Tasmania and Joe Shemesh

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