Dundas, Tasmania

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Dundas
Tasmania
Dundasite and Crocoite.jpg
Dundasite (white) and Crocoite (orange/red)
Dundas is located in Tasmania
Dundas
Dundas
Coordinates41°52′31″S 145°25′15″E / 41.87528°S 145.42083°E / -41.87528; 145.42083Coordinates: 41°52′31″S 145°25′15″E / 41.87528°S 145.42083°E / -41.87528; 145.42083
Postcode(s)7469
LGA(s)West Coast Council
State electorate(s)Braddon
Federal Division(s)Braddon

Dundas was a historical mining locality, mineral field and railway location on the western foothills of the West Coast Range in Western Tasmania. It is now part of the locality of Zeehan.

Location[edit]

The town was located 5 kilometres east of the town of Zeehan, and almost 10 kilometres west of the Mount Read township. The North East Dundas Tram branched off the Emu Bay Railway approximately 3 kilometres north east of the Dundas railway connection.

The location was hilly and heavily wooded, making the location hazardous in the event of bushfires.[1]

The location, being close to Mount Read, was also prone to heavy rain and cold weather.[2][3]

Mount Dundas Post Office was opened on 22 November 1890, renamed Dundas in 1892 and closed in 1930.[4]

The newspaper the Zeehan and Dundas Herald (1902–1922) was one of the more significant newspapers of the west coast during its operation.

Mines and minerals[edit]

Silver was discovered early in the Dundas area in 1890,[5] and the name of the Dundas field was incorporated into that of the adjacent Zeehan field.[6]

A number of mines near Dundas are known as locations of rare minerals:[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "TASMANIA". Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (11, 933). New South Wales, Australia. 26 January 1892. p. 5. Retrieved 25 April 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  2. ^ "DUNDAS". Daily Post. VIII, (184). Tasmania, Australia. 7 August 1915. p. 5. Retrieved 25 April 2016 – via National Library of Australia.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  3. ^ "DUNDAS". Zeehan and Dundas Herald. XVI, (151). Tasmania, Australia. 10 April 1905. p. 4. Retrieved 25 April 2016 – via National Library of Australia.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  4. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 16 June 2012.
  5. ^ "RICH DISCOVERIES OF SILVER AT DUNDAS, TASMANIA". The Colac Herald. XXI, (2091). Victoria, Australia. 23 September 1890. p. 3. Retrieved 25 April 2016 – via National Library of Australia.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  6. ^ "ZEEHAN-DUNDAS SILVER-FIELD, TASMANIA". The Argus (Melbourne) (13, 928). Victoria, Australia. 13 February 1891. p. 7. Retrieved 25 April 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  7. ^ Tasmania. Department of Mines; Petterd, W. F. (William Frederick). Catalogue of mineral of Tasmania; Geological Survey of Tasmania (1970), Catalogue of the minerals of Tasmania (Rev. and amended 1969 ed.), Hobart, retrieved 17 April 2017
  8. ^ "The Mineral Dundasite". Amethyst Galleries' Mineral Gallery. Retrieved 16 October 2009.

Further reading[edit]

Specific[edit]

  • Bottrill, R.S., Williams, P., Dohnt, S., Sorrell, S. and Kemp, N.R. 2006. Crocoite and associated minerals from Dundas and other locations in Tasmania. Australian Journal of Mineralogy, (Dundas Issue) 12, 59-90
  • Bottrill, R. S. (2000) New minerals from old deposits: The Dundas Mineral Field, Tasmania in Abstracts Minerals and Museums 2000: 4th seminar. Melbourne, Victoria, June 2000.
  • Reid, A. McIntosh. (1925) The Dundas mineral field Geological Survey Bulletin 36, Dept. of Mines, Hobart, Tasmania.
  • Tilley, Wilberton. (1891) The wild west of Tasmania : being a description of the silver fields of Zeehan and DundasEvershed Bros., Zeehan, Tas. : Dundas, Tas. :
  • Eaves, Rick (14 April 2017). "Dundas, long dead, lives on in new museum". ABC News.

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