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Wonthaggi Coal Mine

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About the Wonthaggi Coal Mine

The State Coal Mine in Powlett was established in 1909 to provide coal for the Victorian Railways. The nearby township of Wonthaggi – an Indigenous word meaning 'to drag, to procure or to fetch' – was built after coal was discovered in the area. The mine closed in 1968 when steam locomotives were phased out.

Historic newspapers report on the discovery of coal in Powlett, and the process of sinking the mine and building the township of Wonthaggi. They also document the curious lives of 'pit ponies', a crew of around 100 remarkable little horses who worked long hours in the mine shafts and tunnels, helping the miners in their dangerous labour.

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