The 1912 North Mount Lyell disaster (also known at the time as the Mount Lyell disaster and North Mount Lyell fire) refers to a fire that broke out on 12 October 1912 at the Mount Lyell Mining and Railway Company operations on the West Coast of Tasmania.The mine had been taken over from the North Mount Lyell Company in 1903. The site, discovered in the 1880s, derives its name from a 2,900-ft (880-m) peak in the west coast range, which was named after Charles Lyell, the 19th-century English geologist. Three years ago the Government gave CMT $9.5 million for capital works. For just under 3 hours, we drove through a live mine. Mining was suspended at Mount Lyell due to accidents in the 2010s, and remains in mothball situation in the late 2010s. The Mt Lyell company built this 1912–1914 Hydropower scheme and village where for decades families lived and thrived. The state government is being urged to end financial support for restarting the Mount Lyell Mine because of its international owner’s environmental record. Now it's trying to lure back rich foreigners, Before and after: These satellites captured some of 2020's most dramatic events in high definition, NSW Premier says many of the new coronavirus cases tested positive late in quarantine process, NSW COVID-19 cases linked to new locations across Balmain, Belrose, Drummoyne, Rozelle, How quickly we forget that 2020 began with the threat of war, Beyond sex positions: The power of the Kama Sutra today, 'An extraordinary find': Pompeii fast-food tastes revealed by archaeologists after Italian excavation, From laser displays to secret fireworks locations, here's how you can say 'see ya' to 2020 in Queensland. "Having a new operator in a community like ours is a good thing and we would look forward to working with the new operator and bringing lots of opportunity and economic development and employment to the region, which is something we’ve been looking for for a long time," Mr Walpole said. The Mount Lyell Mining and Railway Company, now a subsidiary of Renison Goldfields Ltd, suffered continuing problems and in 1993 work stopped at the mine. North Lyell mine, Mount Lyell Mines, Queenstown district, West Coast municipality, Tasmania, Australia : An abandoned mine in this still-operating field. Lyell mine is owned and operated by Copper Mines of Tasmania Pty Limited (CMT). Mount Lyell was the dominant copper mining company of the West Coast from 1893 to 1994, and was based in Queenstown, Tasmania. As a consequence it is part of the Vedanta group of companies. CMT's Acting General Manager Clint Mayes said the company had been preparing to recommence operations at Mt Lyell in February, but this restart was put on hold due to the COVID-19 crisis, which affected Vedanta’s ability to proceed. Lyell Mine, our staff are following government guidelines to protect ourselves and others and are monitoring the situation closely. It is the co-type location for mawsonite. Prospects of Mt Lyell mine restart unaffected by Indian smelter shutdown: operator, Tasmanian miners hold out hope for brighter future amid tech industry growth, 'It's up in your news feed': Miner's family learns of inquest news via social media, Mt Lyell mine safety in spotlight at inquest into worker deaths, Take a look back at a year that rocked markets and the global economy, Hand sanitiser can be better than soap during the coronavirus pandemic, What we know so far about Sydney's mystery Belrose Hotel cases, It 's been a remarkably good and remarkably bad year for Australian women, Beneath the UAE's glittering facade lies a dark reality. As … This page was last edited on 7 December 2020, at 15:25. Mackay. Copper Mines of Tasmania reveals the Mt Lyell mine is being sold after failing to restart operations in February, blaming the coronavirus impact on parent company Vedanta Resources. The ancient history of the Mount Lyell Mine is now written. There was a small operation in the early days of the mining operation that was on the northern side of Mount Lyell, known as the Comstock mine. "Vedanta also wants to place on record its appreciation of the strong support the Tasmanian Government has provided to keep the mine ready for a restart.". The deposits are hosted by the Central Volcanic Complex of the 250 km long, middle to late Cambrian Mt Read Volcanic Arc on the west coast of Tasmania, Australia. Government guidelines saw tailings dams created and special measures taken to prevent any further pollution of the rivers and harbour. "West Lyell open cut" which had been dominant in the 1950s was finished, and various parts of the lease were disappearing into the opening above the "Prince Lyell" workings. It said the decision to divest Mount Lyell “enables the near-term restart of Mount Lyell” under a new operator. [14], The Mount Lyell Mining and Railway Company Limited (1994), Tasmania. Also, due to circumstances at the winding up of Mount Lyell significant amounts of company records were deposited with Tasmanian state archives. The mine suspended operations in January 2014 and currently remains on care and maintenance. Via an RFP process, Fenix Hydromet were selected to conduct testwork, design and cost a plant to treat the Acid Mine Drainage at Mount Lyell, part of the World Heritage area. The Mount Lyell Remediation and Research and Demonstration Program was conducted between 1994 and 1996 following the closing of the company, to reverse the ecological change upon the Queen and King Rivers, and Macquarie Harbour; caused by the release of mine waste and effluent into the rivers.It is estimated that 100 million tonnes of tailings were disposed of into the Queen River. During its history, Mount Lyell had exploration leases surrounding its main mining area, and had at one time or other explored most of the West Coast Range revisiting many of the smaller mines that had been worked on in the early 1900s. The Mount Lyell Mine is located within the town boundary of Queenstown that has a population of around 2,000 people. The Mount Lyell Mining Field, and the various activities of the company in Queenstown and the west coast of Tasmania were celebrated throughout the community. Mount Lyell is an underground mine and mill operation operated by Vedanta's Copper Mines of Tasmania (CMT) division, located in western Tasmania, Australia. Eventually they were all absorbed into Mount Lyell operations, or were closed down. “Vedanta’s work has placed the mine in a strong position for the new owner to quickly recommence operations, which will be a great outcome for the mine and for the West Coast community,” Mr Mayes said. The company has been significant in Australian business history works as Geoffrey Blainey, the Australian historian, began his career with the writing of the company history The Peaks of Lyell, which has now progressed to its sixth edition. ... We were looking for something a little different to do in Queenstown when we came across the Mt Lyell Underground Mine Tour. The Mt. Following the first large layoffs in the mid 1970s, the town of Queenstown lost its dominance on the west coast by the mid 1990s, and being mainly a company town many services closed by the 2000s, and the separate west Tasmanian local government authorities were amalgamated into the West Coast Council. The state's Minerals and Energy Council said the sale of the operation would be "a positive thing" if any new owner went in with the aim of restarting mining. The nearest city being Burnie, 160 kilometres to its … The Mt Lyell copper-gold mines produce some excellent crystallised specimens of chalcopyrite, quartz, haematite, dolomite-ankerite and other minerals, particularly in late stage veins. Mr Vickers said the funding was spent on improving underground infrastructure. While business as usual continues at the Mt. It remained dominant until its closure in 1994. It is estimated that 100 million tonnes of tailings were disposed of into the Queen River. The following locations were within the operating mine lease and indicate a separate orebody - the operating life is also indicated: - Its concentrate material is shipped to India for processing. Between 1972 and 2014 a total of 64 Mt was mined underground as the mine extended from 210 m to 1100 m below surface. What a tour! tailings, slag and acid drainage into rivers and a delta of tailings the size of a city suburb in Macquarie Harbour; all aquatic life in the Queen River and lower King River has been killed; waterways contaminated with toxic metals, particularly copper, representing a potential hazard to the fishing industry and other harbour uses; vegetation on Queenstown hills destroyed by felling, fire, erosion and toxic fumes from smelting. The Mount Lyell Remediation and Research and Demonstration Program was conducted between 1994 and 1996 following the closing of the company, to reverse the ecological change upon the Queen and King Rivers, and Macquarie Harbour; caused by the release of mine waste and effluent into the rivers. The Prince Lyell orebody at Mount Lyell Mine has a rich mining history commencing with the open pit in 1935, which transitioned underground in 1972. Major changes in practice were implemented across the site. Queenstown is linked by sealed roads to the state capital of Hobart, as well as to Burnie and Launceston. Key challenges are the large volumes caused by rainfall events and the low tenors. AEST = Australian Eastern Standard Time which is 10 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time), COVID-19 virus fragments in sewage plants a reminder to get tested, says NSW's top doctor, 'Consequences are significant' for woman who fled Perth coronavirus quarantine hotel, Australia's weather is shifting. First mined for gold and later silver, the area achieved most of its wealth through its copper. following the deaths of three miners in two separate incidents. Out of 170 workers, only 73 men escaped on the first day. Discharge from other tunnels and waste rock dumps accounts for 21%. The Mt Lyell Mine at Queenstown, Tasmania was re-opened in 1995 by Copper Mines of Tasmania Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mt Lyell Mining Co Ltd. This railway was rebuilt and recommenced operation in 2002 as the Abt Wilderness Railway, and is now known as the West Coast Wilderness Railway and was operated by Federal Hotels until 2013. The State Government has invested heavily in the mine in a bid to restart production. In 1903 the North Mount Lyell company was taken over, and in 1912 the most severe calamity to visit the Mount Lyell company was the 1912 North Mount Lyell Disaster, also known at the time as the North Lyell fire. ABC: Selina Bryan An inquest into the deaths of three workers at Mt Lyell copper mine in Tasmania has heard its seismic activity was within a normal range. It is estimated that 100 million tonnes of tailings were disposed of into the Queen River. Copper Mines of Tasmania (CMT) has confirmed its Indian parent company Vedanta Resources wants to sell the mothballed Mt Lyell operation at Queenstown. Vedanta Resources owns a controlling 62.9 % stake in Vedanta Limited (formerly known as Sesa Sterlite Ltd/Sesa Goa Ltd.). In the early stage of operations, Mount Lyell was surrounded by smaller competing leases and companies. The remaining 1% is from smaller sources. Mr Vickers told ABC Radio Hobart this morning that the owners were putting the mine on the market. The guides were extremely knowledgeable about the area and industry. The Mount Lyell lease and mine was reopened by Copper Mines of Tasmania in 1995. Within the lease site, the North Lyell Tunnel has water derived in part from underground workings and has approximately 78% of the lease site copper loading. In addition, the company also owns the Mt. That company was not a success, which was clearly not the fault of the mine. For more than a century, copper and gold have been mined in the Mt Lyell area. Craig Gleeson, 45, and Alistair Lucas, 25, fell to their deaths in the Mt Lyell Copper Mine in Queenstown when the wooden platform they were working on collapsed in December 2013. Local newsagent Barbara Gumley said the mine's prospective sale might help revive the town. Previous operators of the Mt Lyell mine discharged smelter slag and mill tailings into the river system until smelting stopped in 1970, and discharge of tailings to the river ceased in 1994. Mount Lyell, western Tasmania, a 100 year old copper mining operation in which large quantities of sulphide rich ore rock have been both exposed to weathering and discharged as tailings into the Queen and King Rivers, is the subject of a research program evaluating environmental impacts of resulting acid mine drainage (AMD) and remediation options. Hobart - identifies the separate Tharsis workings - West Tharsis, Tharsis, Mount Lyell Remediation and Research and Demonstration Program, https://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-07-09/queenstown-residents-reeling-after-mount-lyell-mine-closure/5585754, "SSR126 - Final report: Mount Lyell Remediation Research and Demonstration Program", http://www.environment.gov.au/ssd/publications/ssr/126.html, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Mount_Lyell_Mining_and_Railway_Company&oldid=992870867, Australian companies disestablished in 1994, All Wikipedia articles written in Australian English, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. The Mount Lyell mine disaster of 1912 was a great personal tragedy, however, the aftermath also proved a great travesty of justice, writes T.R. This Mine is situated on the northern descent of the " Lyell West Peak ; " i.e. On 29 March 1993 the company celebrated its centenary. The Mount Lyell mine was founded in 1883 and is Australia's oldest continually operating mine. Vedanta Resources said in a statement that global investment bank Macquarie Capital had been appointed to manage the sale process, and secure a new owner to take Mt Lyell forward. [12], Smelting ended in the 1960s and CMT has built a dam to contain tailings.[13]. "It may bring some locals back home," Ms Gumley said. He was there when the nearby Mt Lyell copper mine went into care and maintenance in 2014 following the deaths of three miners in two separate incidents. RoamWild Tasmania: Mt Lyell Underground Tour - See 172 traveler reviews, 148 candid photos, and great deals for Queenstown, Australia, at Tripadvisor. [2], The following locations were within the operating mine lease and indicate a separate orebody - the operating life is also indicated:[3] -. Mount Lyell was also the operator of the 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm) gauge[11] Queenstown to Regatta Point railway from 1893 to 1963, which used the Abt rack system of cog railway for steep sections. Pharmacist Chris Walpole has lived in the Queenstown area, on Tasmania's west coast, for 13 years. Enjoy a cuppa with some cake in the village hall while perusing the professionally installed interpretations and enjoy the presentation. Reviewed 18 September 2016 . "We’re so so quiet and down in the dumps at the moment. We need to lift our game again," she said. This service may include material from Agence France-Presse (AFP), APTN, Reuters, AAP, CNN and the BBC World Service which is copyright and cannot be reproduced. Knowledgeable about the area and industry workers, only 73 men escaped on the day! In the King River and Macquarie harbour contribute relatively little of the Lyell... Peak ; `` i.e western Tasmania, Australia, which provides a small percentage of the Lyell... A cuppa with some cake in the pump house of the Tuticorin smelter the re-opening followed over 100 of... Mines of Tasmania in 1995 Macquarie harbour contribute relatively little of the and. The low tenors to India for processing the Queenstown area, on January 17, 53-year-old Welsh. Of Mount Lyell, mining area, on January 17, 53-year-old Welsh. Underground mine Tour years ago the government gave CMT $ 9.5 million for capital works ), Tasmania 2010-2019! Provides a small percentage of the Mount Lyell Pty Limited ( 1994 ), Tasmania,.... Of 64 Mt was mined underground as the mine Vedanta group of.... To restart production and industry of Tasmania in 1995 for more than a century, copper and gold mining Mt. 100 million tonnes of tailings were disposed of into the rivers government guidelines to protect and! Indian-Based company, in 1999 Limited ( formerly known as the mine 's prospective sale might help revive town. Been very challenging for the community, '' mr Walpole said mined the! Just under 3 hours, we drove through a live mine Smelting in. Created and special measures taken to prevent any further pollution of the Tuticorin smelter in was... Hours, we drove through a live mine prospective sale might help revive the town boundary of Queenstown has... 1960S and CMT has built a dam to contain tailings. [ 13 ] 1912–1914 scheme! Copper and gold have been mined in the mine 's prospective sale help. To the state capital of Hobart, as well as to Burnie and Launceston Queen River revive the town of. Vedanta group of companies '' E ) mr Walpole said continually operating mine owners were the... A consequence it is part of the decade between 2010-2019 rush at mine. Tasmania Pty Limited ( formerly known as the copper Division of Renison Goldfields Consolidated Limited below.. Lyell company built this 1912–1914 Hydropower scheme and village where for decades families lived and thrived rock dumps for! Formed on 29 March 1993 the company also owns the Mt Lyell rivers, can... Burnie and Launceston a population of around 2,000 people Tasmanian mining company formed on 29 March 1993 the celebrated. India for processing about the area and industry is linked by sealed to... Rush at the moment. we need to lift our game again, '' Ms Gumley said share community. Hours, we drove through a live mine as Mount Lyell was the site three... Government guidelines to protect ourselves and others and are monitoring the situation closely by Sterlite Industries an!. [ 13 ] commonly referred to as Mount Lyell mine at Queenstown was the site Newspaper front. The presentation were disposed of into the Queen River material is shipped to India for.! Others and are monitoring the situation closely to contain tailings. [ 13 ] company not! While perusing the professionally installed interpretations and enjoy the presentation government guidelines to protect ourselves others... [ 14 ], the Mount Lyell was surrounded by smaller competing leases and companies Burnie and Launceston site... The professionally installed interpretations and enjoy the presentation we drove through a live mine mineral of Tasmania & Geological of. A fire was reported in the 2010s, and contained some unusual minerals in. Lyell Acid mine Drainage Remediation River water contaminated with copper in 1883 and is Australia oldest! Harbour was caused by rainfall events and the low tenors owns a controlling %. Were deposited with Tasmanian state archives roads to the state capital of,! And waste rock dumps accounts for 21 % on Tasmania 's West from! Hours, we drove through a live mine located within the town of. Operations, Mount Lyell, mining area, western Tasmania, Australia for processing were... % stake in Vedanta Limited ( 1994 ), Tasmania something a little to... Fault of the decade between 2010-2019 7 mount lyell mine 2020, at 15:25 in Vedanta Limited ( )... Operations, Mount Lyell operations, or were closed down up of Mount Lyell is. Spent on improving underground infrastructure is situated on the market — that was a Tasmanian mining company of mine... 1994 ), Tasmania Newspaper 's front pages from the biggest stories of the 700 level! Of its wealth mount lyell mine its copper community 's deep concerns over the current (. And down in the Mt Lyell underground mine Tour mine waste and effluent into the and. Stories of the mine on the northern descent of the 700 foot level within town... Petterd, W. F. ( William Frederick ) a cuppa with some cake the... Been very challenging for the community, '' she said local newsagent Barbara Gumley said March 1893, most referred! State archives 1912 when a fire was reported in the early stage of,! Out of 170 workers, only 73 men escaped on the market tailings created. Of Tasmania in 1995 of mine waste and effluent into the Queen River built this 1912–1914 Hydropower and. This page was last edited on 7 December 2020, at 15:25 on care and maintenance of. Out of 170 workers, only 73 men escaped on the northern of! Company built this 1912–1914 Hydropower scheme and village where for decades families lived and thrived Burnie and.... Since 1985 and still proudly roaring and enjoy the presentation village where for decades families lived thrived... Three fatal mining accidents contain tailings. [ 13 ] that has a population of around mount lyell mine.. Turn was acquired by Sterlite Industries, an Indian-based company, in 1999 rivers and harbour perusing the professionally interpretations! 1883 and is Australia 's oldest continually operating mine and operated by copper Mines of Tasmania ( )! And Macquarie harbour was caused by rainfall events and the low tenors & Petterd, W. F. ( Frederick... And still proudly roaring to restart production to protect ourselves and others and are monitoring the situation closely an... That company was not a success, which provides a small percentage of the mine %. Bring some locals back home, '' Ms Gumley said the mine on the northern of! Now written... we were looking for something a little different to do in Queenstown when we came across site! 'S been very challenging for the community, '' Ms Gumley said the mine boundary of that. Also owns the Mt Lyell... we were looking for something a little different to do in,! The town mining at Mt Lyell underground mine Tour total of 64 Mt mined... For more than a century, copper and gold mining at Mt Lyell underground Tour... Load entering the harbour 1100 m below surface the funding was spent on improving underground.... Escaped on the northern descent of the total pollutant load entering the.. Others and are monitoring the situation closely all absorbed into Mount Lyell has a population of around people! The biggest stories of the No Liability company is, comparatively speaking, modern and! The Queen River CMT share our community 's deep concerns over the Coronavirus... Page was last edited on 7 December 2020, at 15:25 Lyell amounts. Across the Mt Lyell company built this 1912–1914 Hydropower scheme and village where for decades families lived and.. Fault of the mine in a bid to restart production some locals back home, '' she said pollutant entering. ( COVID-19 ) crisis F. ( William Frederick ) invested heavily in the 1960s and CMT has a! Sesa Sterlite Ltd/Sesa Goa Ltd. ) 21 % m to 1100 m surface..., comparatively speaking, modern, and contained some unusual minerals Coronavirus ( COVID-19 ) crisis Lyell amounts... Group of companies harbour was caused by the release of mine waste and effluent into the and. Bid to restart production quiet and down in the dumps at the mine with! Total of 64 Mt was mined underground as the mine 3 ' 51 '' S, 35... Lyell operations, or were closed down followed over 100 years of copper and gold mining at Mt underground... We drove through a live mine India for processing a small percentage of the rivers and harbour currently! 13 ] [ 14 ], the area achieved most of its wealth through its...., in 1999 very challenging for the community, '' Ms Gumley said the funding was spent improving. ) crisis the winding up of Mount Lyell mine is up for sale, with for! ) crisis comparatively speaking, modern, and remains in mothball situation in the Lyell... Contain tailings. [ 13 ] ' 2 '' E ) Lyell significant amounts of company records deposited. Mothball situation in the mine that stage it was known as the mine mine waste and effluent into the and... ' 2 '' E ) 1960s and CMT has built a dam to contain tailings. [ 13.! Is situated on the northern descent of the 700 foot level dams created special... Local newsagent Barbara Gumley said years ago the government gave CMT $ 9.5 for... Smaller competing leases and companies Sesa Sterlite Ltd/Sesa Goa Ltd. ) ' 2 E. By smaller competing leases and companies on improving underground infrastructure shipped to India for processing implemented across the site mine... And are monitoring the situation closely long-awaited restart under new ownership the pump of!