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Australasian Mine No. 1 Historic Area

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Parkes Road, Creswick VIC 3363

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  • Historic mine site
  • Cause of one of Australia's worst mining disasters
The Australasian No. 1 Mine in Creswick played a tragic part in one of Australia's worst underground mining disasters.

On the 11th of December 1882, water from these old workings flooded into the nearby Australasian No. 2 mine, trapping twenty seven men underground. Rescue efforts commenced immediately but by the time the miners were reached three days later only five had survived. The body of one man was still warm when it was recovered.

Terrible mining catastrophe, The Ballarat Star, 13th December 1882.

This was one of Australia's worst underground mining disasters. You can read newspaper articles and tragic first hand accounts of the disaster here.

Today the site consists of mullock heaps and a large gravel area. This is an interesting place to stop by when exploring the many historical sites and natural attractions around Creswick.

When walking around this old mine site, watch out for uneven ground, loose gravel, and old diggings among the trees.



  • Evidence of the mid-late 1800's gold rush can be found throughout the Victorian goldfields in the form of abandoned mine shafts and tunnels, mullock heaps, buildings and ruins, circular puddling troughs, remains of cyanide vats, and quartz kilns.


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