- some history & information
Derby area had been surveyed in 1855, but was not settled
or inhabited until 1874, when George Renison Bell discovered
tin in the area.
a few years there were thousands of miners, both European
and Chinese, working in the general area up and down the
Ringarooma Valley. Derby was originally called Brothers'
Home for the Krushka brothers' mine, the first in this
locality. In May 1887 the name was changed to Derby in
honour of the then Prime Minister of England, the Earl
the 1880s and 1890s the town was prospering.
district had a population of around 3000 and the mine,
which had been renamed Briseis after the 1876 Melbourne
Cup winner, was recognised as the richest tin mine in
north east Tasmania. It was producing up to 120 tons of
tin every month.
town's major attraction is the Derby Tin Mine Centre (open
from 9.30 a.m. - 5.00 p.m. daily) which is a carefully
recreated mining village including a main street, a huge
sluice and a wide variety of mining equipment.
story of tin and the history of Derby can be found at
the Derby History Museum, housed in the old School house
in the main street of Derby.
The Museum is run by an enthusiastic team of volunteers
who will be happy to tell you all about the incredible
riches the discovery of tin brought to some of the early
The devastation and tragic loss of life to during the
1929 floods can also be recalled at the next door Tin
a visitor you can also experience the bygone days of the
old school room, view Chinese artifacts, war memorabilia
and many photographs of an earlier era of the township.
2003, an archaeological excavation at a Chinese mining
hut unearthed thousands of artifacts, including what might
be Australia’s oldest soy sauce bottle.
discovery revealed a fascinating story of the Chinese
mining community that lived and worked the area in the
the Derby park there are BBQ facilities, picnic areas
and public toilets and there is madness and mayhem in
the ‘Derby River Derby’, held in October.
to the monument- with stunning views over the town.
There are 4WD treks. A river walking track, ‘Fish
Rock’ and canoeing and fishing is possible on the
nearby 'Cascade Dam' and the rivers which surround Derby.