Zeehan, Tasmania

Zeehan, Tasmania

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Zeehan, Tasmania

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Zeehan is a town on the west coast of Tasmania, Australia. It lies southwest of Burnie. At the 2006 census, Zeehan had a population of 845. It is part of the Municipality of West Coast.

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.

History

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 taken over by Strahan. Zeehan saw a boost in population when the Zeehan-Dundas silver-lead deposits were found in 1882 by Frank Long. This rush lasted until the closure of the last mine in 1914. During the time the population peaked at 10,000, 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.

Railways

See also:Zeehan railway station
Zeehan was an important railway location — the end of the Emu Bay Railway, and the beginning of the......
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