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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Beaconsfield, Tasmania

On Anzac Day, 25th April 2006 there was a rock fall in the gold mine at Beaconsfield. Seventeen people were in the mine when it happened, 14 escaped, one was killed and two were left trapped.

In one of the greatest news stories in Australian history, we all sat glued to the TV, praying that Brant Webb (37) and Todd Russell (34) could hang on. On Tuesday 9th of May, a full two weeks after the initial rock fall, the country wept with relief and joy as they stepped out of the cage onto the surface, alive and well.

It's little wonder that this town is now a tourist destination, almost every parking space was taken and I saw one tourist bus. I sampled a pie at the bakery where the media from all over the world gathered almost 3 years ago, to keep warm while waiting for the latest news and wonder where Todd and Brant are now - not down a mine I'll bet.