- Melba Flats, Tasmania
Melba Flats, TasmaniaA railway siding on the
Emu Bay Railwayeast of Zeehan that served as a terminus for trains carrying copperore from the Mount Lyell Mining and Railway Companyin west coast Tasmania, once the Emu Bay Railway ceased services into the Zeehan townsite.
The section of line near Melba Flats was operational by December 1900. The Rosebery to Zeehan connection closed on the
14 August 1965, however the Rosebery to Melba Flats section re-opened on the 15 January 1970.
The Mount Lyell company had trucks deliver the ore along the Queenstown to Zeehan road to this siding.
The Melba Flats area is the site of numerous historical workings; hand workings and hand constructed mining shafts dating back to the 1880's.
Lead, zinc, silver, tinand nickelhave been located in varying quantities in the area. Allegiance Miningare planning to open pit mine niccoliteand pentlandite, copper, gold and platinum minerals from small deposits on Melba Flats.
* Whitham, Charles. "Western Tasmania: A Land of Riches and Beauty.":2003 edition - Queenstown: Municipality of Queenstown. :1949 edition - Hobart: Davies Brothers. OCLC|48825404;
ASIN[http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000FMPZ80 B000FMPZ80] :1924 edition - Queenstown: Mount Lyell Tourist Association. OCLC|35070001; ASIN[http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0008BM4XC B0008BM4XC]
*cite book| author=Whitham, Lindsay| title=Railways, Mines, Pubs and People and other historical research| publisher=Tasmanian Historical Research Association| location=Sandy Bay| year=2002| id=ISBN 0-909479-21-6
41° 50' S 145° 24' E
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