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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!

Did you know the infamous “Boundary Tunder/Tundra” was actually home to the Zeehan Band Rotunda? Erected in 1901-1902, the rotunda served as a popular source of entertainment for Zeehan locals, bands often playing to crowds with numbers exceeding 500! However, by 1904 the rotunda had taken some damage in the West Coast weather, and was described by local newspapers at the time as being neglected by council, because of this, the rotunda was often a topic of debate. Zeehan bandmasters fought for repairs to be made, whereas Zeehan Council believed the best solution to the neglected, unsafe rotunda was demolishing it. Despite this, the rotunda was repaired, and was still being used as late as 1935.
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Paula SheehanLove this photo

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Judy BryanLots of memories, beautiful photo

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Cobi LandryOne of my fave photos❤️

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June WilliamsFantastic photo. Love anything about Zeehans early days.

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Dan FellDale Youd

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Debra ShawcrossSpent the 70's and 80's up there : ) can't believe we climbed the side rock face

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Margaret WoodwardWow what a spectacular landmark!

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Throwback Thursday!

Photograph of Zeehan, dated 1900. The picture is taken from a north-western viewpoint, showing the top end of Zeehan - I have placed a red dot above the Gaiety Theatre to truly show how expansive Main Street once was. Do you recognize any buildings?
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Beverley DillonI recognise a few of the buildings. 😭 Sadly most of them have gone.

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Natasha WilliscroftWOW!!

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Michael DonovanBeverley, I feel maybe most have gone, a shame. But to have lived in this town then, well just look at it. Amazing. 🙂

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Beverley DillonYes Michael, have to admire the pioneers.

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On This Day – June 20, 1909.

On this day in history, famous British actor and singer George Tyrell Thorne was involved in a mugging in Zeehan. In his prime, George Thorne was well known in the theatre and opera world, performing everywhere from London to New York.

The incident occurred in the Shelverton Hotel. Built in 1891 the Shelverton Hotel had the honour of being host to the Tasmanian Governor Viscount Gormanston during his visit to the West Coast in 1898 to open the North Dundas Tramway.
Unfortunately, the Shelverton burned down on May 28th, 1913.

You can learn more about George Thorne on his Wikipedia page.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Thorne_(actor)#Film

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- Photograph of the Shelverton Hotel.
- Newspaper clippings detailing the incident.
(The Mercury 23/06/1909)
(The Daily Post 25/06/1909)
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“The first stage coach in the West Coast arrived by steamer from Hobart in late 1890 to be used between Zeehan and Remine (Trial Harbour), and once the road had been suitably made up, a service was opened to Dundas.”

Today’s fun fact was found in Enterprise, Risk and Ruin – a publication written by Steven Walker which tells the history of the development of the Tasmanian stage-coach industry. Enterprise is available for purchase in our gift shop for $40.00!
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On This Day – June 4, 1919.

On this day in history, world champion endurance club swinger Martin Dobrilla arrived in Zeehan with intent to set a new Tasmanian record for club swinging at the Gaiety Theatre. To do this, he was to maintain a constant swing for 76 hours and 3 minutes. He was successful in his endeavour, lasting 77 hours and 10 minutes.

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- Newspaper clippings detailing the event.
(The Mercury, 05/06/1919).
(Zeehan & Dundas Herald, 09/06/1919).
- Martin Dobrilla.
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