After many years of planning and lobbying, an Industrial exhibition was opened in Launceston in November 1892. The main part was in a hall especially built for that occasion, later called Albert Hall. Rows of temporary tin sheds were erected across City Park behind the hall to give about 7,000 square metres of extra floor space.

Several Tasmanian gold mining companies displayed samples of their golden treasures. A mining authority was there to answer questions from the public. The Tasmanian Mine, Beaconsfield, showed specimens of quartz and gold and an obelisk representing the bulk amount of gold obtained since its commencement. The Castra Mine, near the Whyte River, showed auriferous rock and an ingot of retorted gold. The Pinafore Mine, Lefroy, exhibited ingots of gold and the Golden Gate Mine, Mathinna, lode stuff. The Mount Bischoff tin mine had a big wall of 99.99 pure tin ingots. Eleven West Coast silver mining companies showed samples from their mines.

A mayoral picnic was held when the exhibition closed on March 23, 1892. The Attorney-General, A.I. Clark, told his audience of one hundred and sixty dignitaries the the exhibition had effectually removed the slur cast upon Tasmania by people who called it Sleepy Hollow, for it had shown that its people could do as well as any other, and perhaps better.

TIN, GOLD AND SILVER
- THE IMPACT OF MINING ON THE CITY OF LAUNCESTON

 

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