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Nic Haygarth

Research Officer

Heritage Tasmania

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2015 Annual Conference and Trade Show 1 -3 July 2015 Queenstown Tasmania - TMEC

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Nic Haygarth, Historian: 150 Years of Mining in the Tarkine


News / Media - TMEC

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The Tarkine's extensive mining heritage had "terrific tourism potential", historian Nic Haygarth told a mining conference yesterday.


Nic Haygarth: plenty of mining fodder for this Tasmanian Historian - TMEC

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Nic Haygarth: plenty of mining fodder for this Tasmanian Historian
Nic Haygarth's idea of utopia is roaming through the Tarkine searching for old mine sites. As this area in the State's remote North West contains the history of 140 years of mining and something like 600 mines, there is obviously the potential for lots more discovery for this Tasmanian historian. "I try to get into the Tarkine once a week, it's my way of staying sane and it's amazing what you find... It's amazing how nature reclaims itself," Nic says. As a renowned historian of the Tarkine region, Nic has written numerous books and articles on mining, including his PhD, a biography on the legendary prospecting figure, James 'Philosopher' Smith. Nic Haygarth Image: Nic Haygarth "The Mount Bischoff tin mine had a profound effect upon Tasmania's economy and social structure," Nic writes in his article: 'Grey gold': James Philosopher Smith and the creation of a Tasmanian Mining Culture. "It gave great impetus to minerals exploration which resulted in further major discoveries such as the Zeehan-Dundas-silver-lead field, the Mount Lyell copper mine and the Renison tin mine. Within three decades of Smith's discovery (around 1900) mining represented 60 per cent of Tasmania's export earnings. In 2013, it still does. Nic found Philosopher Smith's "incredible" papers and correspondence in the Library Archives. Nic says that as a historian you learn that people are not heroes. Sounding like part historian and part psychologist, he says: "Smith was driven by the stigma of convict parents and his mother deserted him. He had low self esteem." He believes that the reason for Smith's success was his dogged determination and self-belief in making a significant mineral discovery. "Smith devoted the decades leading up to his discovery of the Mount Bischoff tin to the pursuit of minerals," Nic writes in his Grey gold article. While Nic prefers not to comment publicly on Federal Minister Burke's recent heritage listing of the Tarkine region, he says that he is very pleased that the aboriginal middens have been protected. In his article 20th Century Tasmanian Osmiridium Mining, Nic says thatthough the State's osmiridium deposits were small, so was the worlds' demand. The demand for osmiridium soon stalled after World War 2 with the advent of the ball point pen and synthetic substitute. "I love both industrial heritage and nature, and that I love to see how nature reclaims industrial heritage," Nic says.


Tarkine's heritage a tourism opportunity: The Advocate reports - TMEC

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The Tarkine's extensive mining heritage had "terrific tourism potential", historian Nic Haygarth told a mining conference yesterday.
Mr Haygarth gave a presentation titled 150 Years of Mining in the Tarkine at the Tasmanian Minerals and Energy Council conference at Queenstown. He took the audience through early exploration efforts in the 1860s to gold and osmiridium booms and as far as relatively modern times and the establishment of the Savage River Mine (1963) and the Cleveland Mine, near Luina, which ran from 1968 until 1986. Environmentalist opposition to most new mining in the Tarkine has largely been built on the area's natural beauty, temperate rainforest and bio-diversity. Image: Nic Haygarth Mr Haygarth's talk showed the area was far from being untouched wilderness. "I think the mining heritage is also important," he said. He touched on Aboriginal mining efforts in Tasmania, which included ochre mining. He said not much was known about Tasmanian Aboriginal mining and hoped one day more would be learned. The many Tarkine mining episodes Mr Haygarth mentioned included:


TMEC Opinion Piece: Mining and tourism can coexist - TMEC

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The historian Dr Nic Haygarth has estimated at its height there existed between 500 to 600 mines in the Tarkine.


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