ZEEHAN

Zeehan is another of the west coast group of towns. Like Queenstown, Zeehan is also a mining town with a rich mining history. Zeehan though is the poor brother of the group and is suffering badly from an economic perspective.

The town was named after the nearby Mount Zeehan which had been named by George Bass and Matthew Flinders after Abel Tasman's brig Zeehaen.

The region has one of the oldest histories of any part of Tasmania, when Abel Tasman sighted this part of the state in 1642. An early port for Zeehan was Trial Harbour but it was very precarious in its location on Ocean Beach and was overtaken by Strahan. Zeehan was established as a mining field, then as a town after the Zeehan-Dundas silver-lead deposits were found in 1882 by Frank Long. The peak period for mining was up to the First World War,though lead mining continued on up to 1963 at mines such as the Montana and Oceana. The population of Zeehan - Dundas peaked at 10,000 about 1910, over ten times the current population.

It was clearly in competition with the town further south, Queenstown, and while the silver boom lasted it was known as the Silver City. In the first decade of the twentieth century it was on a par with Launceston and Hobart for size. With a main street over two miles long (3.2 km); it also claimed over 20 hotels. In the 1970s it saw increased activity due to operations at the nearby Renison Bell Tin mine, and again in the 1990s.

That said heritage buildings will lead the revival. Hereís why.

The Zeehan Anglican Church sort of comes up where the Zeehan economy is at. This grand church is in disrepair and the handful congregation meet in a small hall. The Catholic an old wooden offer.

The Zeehan Museum is a really great historical offer. Allow plenty of time for this museum.

The Zeehan Hotels are turn of century mining classics. These are old pubs

The War Memorial is at the northern end of the main street.

There is more to Zeehan after that first impression, The Museum is worth a long visit.

Heritage diary

Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water Walking tracks
  Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
  Surfing   Skydiving
  Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
  Movie Location Mountain Biking
  Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information   Hospital
  Hang Gliding Golf Course