Photograph of Mt. Read mine ca. 1900

Tasmaniana Library. Via University of Tasmania. Fair use may apply

Gold was discovered in the Rosebery-Read district (145.51E 41.75S) in 1893 and the large zinc ore body was discovered a year later. However, the remote location in rugged, heavily forested western Tasmania prevented large-scale extraction until 1936. Production was about 59,000 tons of lead and 42,000 tons of zinc per year during the war. Copper, silver, and gold are also found in the area.

Rail connections

Campbell Town


"Mineral Resources Tasmania" (accessed 2011-3-19)

Minerals and Metals Group (accessed 2011-3-19)

Sydney Morning Herald (2004-2-8; accessed 2011-3-19)

Van Royen and Bowles (1952)

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