WEST COAST WILDERNESS RAILWAY

Stories

The West Coast Wilderness Railway embodies a wealth of stories, stories that tell of the ingenuity, resilience and determination that turned the west coast of Tasmania into one of the wealthiest mining regions in the world.

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The Kerrisons
Dairy farmers at Dubbil Barril

The Kerrisons

Railway fettler Cecil Kerrison supplemented his income by starting a dairy farm deep in the rainforest at Dubbil Barril
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James Crotty
The man who discovered the west's riches

James Crotty

it was said that if you pulled grass up by the roots at Iron Blow, the gold would sprinkle out of it.
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Dr Roman Abt
Inventor of the Rack and Pinion Railway

Dr Roman Abt

Dr Carl Roman Abt was a Swiss engineer, inventor and entrepreneur who would have a profound impact on the people of Tasmania’s west coast.
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Anthony Edwin Bowes Kelly
Father of the Railway

Anthony Edwin Bowes Kelly

In 1891, Bowes Kelly saw an advertisement from a fellow Irishman who was seeking an investor for his gold mine at Iron Blow in Tasmania
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