"Blackburn Mine" Methven Things to Do Tip by Kakapo2
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You find the remains of this coalmine along the walk from Woolshed Creek carpark (from Staveley) to Mt Somers Hut.
Coal deposits were discovered in 1856. Commercial extraction began in 1864. A railway track ? a so-called jig ? was built by pick and shovel to transport the coal down a very steep gradient from 760 metres above sea level.
Coal from the area was low quality lignite. Mining was continued until 1954 when it became uneconomic. The main reason to shut the mine down, however, were some underground fires which forced closure.
You still find some relics of the mining process at the plateau, for example, a coal waggon, rails, ventilators. Photos and text about the mining history are displayed at the (blocked) entrance to the shaft. The entrance has been restored, and there are even benches along the wall, so you have a dry seat even in bad weather.
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