The Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania
The Tasman Peninsula in south-east Tasmania. Originally home to the Pydairrerme people, the current name is for Dutch explorer Abel Tasman.
Connected to Forestier Peninsula via an isthmus called Eaglehawk Neck.
This particular area is the Coal Mines Historic Site (aka 'Saltwater River historic site'), Saltwater Creek Road. Home to Tasmania’s first operational mine, designed both to reduce local dependence on imported coal and to serve as a place of punishment.
The mines were in operation from shortly after the discovery of coal nearby in 1833, to their closure 'on both moral and financial grounds' in 1848.
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