Renison Bell

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Renison Bell
Renison Bell is located in Tasmania
Renison Bell
Renison Bell
Location in Tasmania
LocationMelba Flats
Coordinates41°48′S 145°25′E / 41.800°S 145.417°E / -41.800; 145.417Coordinates: 41°48′S 145°25′E / 41.800°S 145.417°E / -41.800; 145.417
CompanyMetals X Limited

Renison Bell is an underground tin mine and locality on the West Coast of Tasmania, Australia.


In 1890 tin-bearing gossan was found near Argent River by George Renison Bell. He claimed land and formed the Renison Bell Prospecting Association.

Renison Bell Post Office opened on 1 July 1908 and closed in 1976.[1]

In 1934 "Paddy" O'Dea amalgamated adjoining leases and mines into the Renison Associated Tin Mines NL.

In the 1970s Renison Bell gave its name to the historical conglomerate RGC (Renison Goldfields Consolidated) which once owned and operated mines in Tasmania, Western Australia, Queensland, Northern Territory, Florida, West Virginia, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. RGC sold the Renison Bell Mine to Murchison United NL a Brisbane-based Australian company, in August 1998.

Murchison United operated the Rension Bell Mine during the period of lowest tin prices in history. In July 2003 Murchison United went into administration and the mine production ceased. April 2004 saw the purchase of Renison Bell by Bluestone Tin Limited. Bluestone Tin Limited operated the mine and mill at Rension Bell, under continuing low tin prices, until placing the operation into 'care and maintenance' in September 2005. Bluestone Tin Limited, now Metals X Limited, recommissioned the mill and mine in 2008 with the first tin produced in August 2008.

It is located on the former Emu Bay Railway line, now called the Melba line and owned and operated by Pacific National Tasmania east of Zeehan - not far from Melba Flats, which is the current terminus of that railway line.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 16 June 2012.
  • Pink, Kerry & Crawford, Patsy (1996). Renison: the slumbering giant. Zeehan: Renison Limited. ISBN 0-646-28356-1.
  • Pink, Kerry (1984). The west coast story: a history of Western Tasmania and its mining fields (Revised ed.). Zeehan: West Coast Pioneers' Memorial Museum. ISBN 0-9598295-2-0.
  • Tuma, Andrew and Bottrill, R.S. (2006) The minerals of Western Tasmania: Introduction, history and geological setting. in Australian Journal of Mineralogy, volume 12, No. 2, December 2006
  • Whitham, Lindsay (2002). Railways, Mines, Pubs and People and other historical research. Sandy Bay: Tasmanian Historical Research Association. ISBN 0-909479-21-6.

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