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Australasia Mine Disaster
Australasia Mine Disaster

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Cairn at site of the Australasian No 2 mine which was flooded drowning twenty-two men. Five men were rescued.

In December 1882, 22 miners drowned when water flooded the New Australasian No 2 Mine in Creswick. Over three days, a frantic rescue was attempted to find 27 men underground. Only five survived.


Address:Australasia Drive, approx 900 m off Australasia Drive over a railway line, Creswick, 3363
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.399656
Long: 143.878464
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Disaster
Actual Event STart Date:12-December-1882
Actual Event End Date:12-December-1882


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 12th December, 1982
Front Inscription

This cairn marks the site of the New Australasian Gold Mining Company No. 2 shaft, the workings of which were flooded on 12th December 1882, entombing 27 miners, 22 of whom lost their loves despite heroic efforts to save them. The names of the dead are inscribed on the obelisk erected in the Creswick Cemetery. Unveiled by Hon. John Cain, Premier of Victoria, 12 December 1982.

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