North Mount Lyell

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North Mount Lyell was the name of a mine, mining company, locality (sometimes as North Lyell) and former railway north of Gormanston on the southern slopes of Mount Lyell in the West Coast Range on the West Coast of Tasmania, and on to the ridge between Mount Lyell and Mount Owen.

North Mount Lyell Company[edit]

The company was short-lived, however the mine, orebody and workings lasted long after the company was absorbed.[1] into the workings of the Mount Lyell Mining and Railway Company following the failure of the smelters at Crotty.[2][3][4]

The stages of building the infrastructure of the mines, the smelters, and port at Kelly Basin were photographed by John Watt Beattie.

Founder[edit]

The company was founded by James Crotty, and was for a few years a fierce competitor with Mount Lyell. Geoffrey Blainey gives a description of the rivalry and final amalgamation in The Peaks of Lyell. As Blainey points out, the North Mount Lyell workings eventually proved vital for the Mount Lyell Company.[5][6]

Establishments[edit]

During Crotty's establishment of the company, and its operations the company had:-

1912 disaster[edit]

The 1912 North Mount Lyell Disaster is also found in Blainey's work, but for decades later there were divergent and popular accounts from the official reports that followed.

Locality[edit]

The North Lyell locality (at which some of the workers killed in the disaster had addresses) was eventually overtaken by the Mount Lyell mine workings.[10] A rare photo of the locality is in Blaineys book.[11]

20th century output[edit]

The development of the Mount Lyell mine depended upon the resources of the North Lyell orebody and workings well into the late twentieth century [12]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Strictly the name was North Mount Lyell Copper Co. Ltd. see – Julen, Hans (1994), A brief history of the North Mount Lyell Copper Company 1897-1903, H. Julen, ISBN 978-0-646-21345-3 , North Mount Lyell Copper Company (1899), Memorandum and articles of association of the North Mount Lyell Copper Company Limited, s.n., retrieved 3 June 2016  and, North Mount Lyell Copper Company. Railway Dept (1900), General regulations to be observed by all persons in the service of the Railway Department of the North Mount Lyell Copper Co. Ltd, [The Company], retrieved 24 May 2012  and consider the 1894 report of the AGM of the North Mount Lyell Company referring to Crotty "NORTH MOUNT LYELL COMPANY.". Launceston Examiner. LIV (112). Tasmania. 11 May 1894. p. 6. Retrieved 4 June 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  2. ^ "CROTTY". The Daily Telegraph. XXII (274). Tasmania. 18 November 1902. p. 6. Retrieved 4 June 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  3. ^ "CROTTY.". The Daily Telegraph. XXIII (189). Tasmania. 10 August 1903. p. 6. Retrieved 4 June 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  4. ^ "MOUNT LYELL AND NORTH MOUNT LYELL COMPANIES". The Ballarat Star (14683). Victoria, Australia. 25 May 1903. p. 6. Retrieved 4 June 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  5. ^ * Blainey, Geoffrey (2000). The Peaks of Lyell (6th ed.). Hobart: St. David's Park Publishing. ISBN 0-7246-2265-9.  – Chapter 12 'The Feud of the Irishmen' – for the Bowes Kelly and James Crotty rivalry – North Mount Lyell vs Mount Lyell
  6. ^ Annual reports after the amalgamation emphasize the output and value of the North Lyell mine to the companies operations "MOUNT LYELL, COMPANY.". The Express and Telegraph. XLVI (13,858). South Australia. 11 November 1909. p. 1. Retrieved 4 June 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  7. ^ "NORTH MOUNT LYELL STEAMER.". The Evening News. Sydney. 2 January 1899. p. 6. Retrieved 22 June 2015 – via National Library of Australia. 
  8. ^ Regarding the construction and completion in 1901 – "NORTH LYELL.". The Examiner. LX (154) (DAILY ed.). 29 June 1900. p. 2. Retrieved 4 June 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  9. ^ "LYELL.". Zeehan and Dundas Herald. XX (182). Tasmania. 17 May 1909. p. 4. Retrieved 4 June 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  10. ^ "North Lyell.". Zeehan and Dundas Herald. XIV (178). Tasmania. 11 May 1903. p. 4. Retrieved 4 June 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  11. ^ The Peaks of Lyell, the photograph caption has The site of North Lyell town, blasted away to form the modern open cut – photograph adjacent to page 206 of 1967 third edition Blainey, Geoffrey (1967), The peaks of Lyell (3rd ed ed.), Melbourne University Press, retrieved 9 April 2017 
  12. ^ "MT LYELL TO CLOSE TWO MINES". The Canberra Times. 51, (14,528). 5 November 1976. p. 15. Retrieved 4 June 2016 – via National Library of Australia.  – although not very precise, the news report refers to the North Lyell operation still in working mode, but reduced capacity

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