It was James ‘Philosopher’ Smith who founded Waratah in 1871 after discovering a tin deposit that was to become the richest tin mine in the world. Waratah’s pioneering past represents a big part in Tasmania’s mining history, made all the more captivating by its remote and wild environment.
Kenworthy’s Stamper Mill is an impressive display of working machinery which was relocated from Mt Bischoff to the centre of town, next door to the Tarkine Interpretation Centre. Dudley Kenworthy was a local character who continued prospecting for tin near Mount Bischoff mine after it closed in the 1940s. Visitors can view the separation process for themselves with the push of a button. Entry is by donation.
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