Mount Isa Underground Hospital and Museum
- Duration: 30 Minutes (approx.)
- Location: Mount Isa, Queensland
- Product code: PR4JTL
After the bombing of Darwin in 1942, there was a real fear that Mount Isa with its rich mineral resources would be next. Given that Darwin Hospital was also bombed, there was also genuine concern for Mount Isa Hospital. This prompted a discussion between the then regional District Hospital Director and Superintendent of the mines. Their idea for an Underground Hospital quickly became a reality, carved into the hills near the base of the regional hospital. Over a period of 15 weeks, miners drilled, blasted and mucked out a series of four timbered tunnels into the side of the hill.
Step inside the heritage-listed Tent House, a solution to the 1930s housing shortage in Mount Isa during the early mining boom years. Find out how a common tent was converted into a Tent House; an adaptation of materials to suit a hot, dry climate.
Beth Anderson Museum
The building currently housing the Beth Anderson Museum has a story of its own. It began life as a hospital in Kuridala, a heritage-listed abandoned mining town in the Cloncurry Shire.
The Kuridala Hospital was purchased by the Mount Isa Hospital Committee for £400 for removal to the Mount Isa Hospital Reserve in July 1931. It was dismantled and transported to Mount Isa. It was then carted to Selwyn railway siding and railed to Mount Isa. Labourers made five trips to and from the two towns, each trip 12 hours return. The building served as the hospital in Mount Isa for many years.
Today, visitors to the Beth Anderson Museum can view an impressive collection of antique medical equipment, rare historical items and colourful stories that offer a glimpse into Mount Isa’s earlier years. This is your starting point for the Underground Hospital Tour.
When you are finished sit back and relax on the verandah with a cuppa and Anzac biscuit, included in your ticket.
Refreshments and Souvenirs are also available for purchase.