Planning to visit the West Coast Heritage Centre?

Welcome to the West Coast Heritage Centre

 


 

From Mines and Memories to Trains and Treasures, the West Coast Heritage Centre offers a unique insight to the history of the West Coast of Tasmania and gives visitors a comprehensive experience and understanding of the heritage of the area, adding value and significance to your visit of this beautiful region of Tasmania.

The Centre incorporates four historic buildings- the Zeehan School of Mines and Metallurgy, Zeehan Post Office, Police Station-Court house, and the Gaiety Theatre-Grand Hotel, as well as 30 themed exhibition spaces. Explore the mining relics in our yard, experience what an underground mine was like in our Crocoite Cavern and see minerals and rocks of every size, shape and colour imaginable. You can climb aboard our historic trains, stroll through the region’s history in our photographic galleries, watch Edwardian films in the majestic Gaiety Theatre, act out a scene in our Court house or take a peek into the somewhat secretive society of Freemason’s in our Masonic Lodge display. You can even grab a souvenir in our gift shop.
 

Get In Touch

We would love to hear from you! We've got a lot of information across the site, including frequently asked questions on our Plan Your Visit page, but you can also get in touch with us through the online contact form on this page, or else;

- Write a Letter to West Coast Heritage Centre, PO Box 70, Zeehan, Tasmania, 7469,
- Call us by phone (03) 6471 6225
- Find us on Facebook, Instagram or Tripadvisor,
- or See us in person at 114 Main Street in Zeehan on Tasmania's West Coast.

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Fun Fact Friday!

Have you heard of F.O Henry? Frederick Ormiston Henry was one of the most successful businessmen on the West Coast. Arriving on the West Coast in 1880 with only 100 pounds in his pocket, no one could’ve guessed that within years the traveler would own a store in almost every town on the West Coast. Distinguishable by the large font placed on the outside of each store reading either F.O Henry, F.O Henry’s, or F.O.H. The stores proved to be incredibly successful and provided locals with the supplies needed for daily life.
F.O Henry was also the first owner of Ormiston House in Strahan, paying for it to be built in 1899. The home is still standing and in use today as a Heritage Bed & Breakfast.

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The first of many F.O Henry stores, located in Strahan.
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Owen RobertsIs that a railway track heading to the building ?

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Throwback Thursday!

A very early image showcasing homes in the old township of Penghana in the 1890's.
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Bernie BruciePengahna actually.

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Robert VincentWasn't this Pyneghana Valley before the fires?

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Adrian PriceNot Pengahna or Pyneghana but it is probably Penghana.

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West Coast Heritage Centre, ZeehanHi guys, thanks for clearing that up! The only information we had on this photograph was that it was showcasing the Queenstown area. Our records will be updated with the given information. 🙂

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Bernie BrucieWas also called Queen Crossing and Pokana.

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Adrian PriceJune 15th 1895 Zeehan Dundas Herald - Mr R Powell acting manager of Mount Lyell sent a letter / petiton to Minister of Lands stating " The name I have decided to adopt is Pokana as the name suggested Penghana is likely to be confused with Pyengana situated on the Georges river

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Thank you to Ray Keating and Mick Butterwood for hosting the first history lesson and giving us an insight into the history of Zeehan. We hope everyone enjoyed themselves and walked away more knowledgeable, see you at next month's history lesson.
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Elisha Anne GossWhat a great session, cant wait until they decide to do a daily walking tour of the town in Summer season , with strategically placed sign/pictures of old buildings outside their current location.

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Mel CrosbieLooks like a great turn out! Well done 🙂

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Michelle Rena StevensWhen is the next session?

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Kelly JonesSorry I missed it, owing to the Hep B info session scheduled for the same time.

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Chop ChopstarIt was awesome, Johnson and Silver were very informative. I will learn more about Zeehan. Thanks guys it was great. Bring you guys an apple next month lol

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Throwback Thursday!

A photograph of Main Street, Zeehan, circa 1957. To the left you can see the old Zeehan Council Chambers, now the Zeehan Medical Union, along with the Commercial Hotel. On the right sits the old Zeehan Dispensary.

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Beverley DillonNo not the Club Hotel. This was the Commercial Hotel, it was demolished and the timber was used to build the Hotel at Renison Bell .

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Beverley DillonThe Club Hotel burned down in the 1950s. It was on the site where the trains are. The Commercial Hotel did not burn down.

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