The Grubb Shaft Gold & Heritage Museum occupied a site adjacent to the Tasmania Gold Mine since 1982. As a result of the extraordinary and much publicised events of the famous 2006 rock fall, the Grubb Shaft Gold and Heritage Museum underwent a million dollar federally funded expansion. This means that the museum has progressed from the small attraction that the West Tamar Historical Society constructed in the early 1980s toward the large multiple award winning Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre which includes the Mine Rescue exhibition.
The Mine Rescue exhibition tells the incredible story of the rescue of miners Todd Russell and Brant Webb.
The exhibition recognises the rescuers and the innovation that took place in the effort to retrieve Todd Russell and Brant Webb from the 950metre level depths of the mine. Included in the exhibition are stories of how the community united in the crisis, how the town coped with the influx of media, and Beaconsfield’s recovery after such a significant event.
A multisensory simulation of the rock fall allows visitors to experience the conditions of the underground tomb where the miners waited for two weeks to be rescued.