Acland Coal Mine Museum

Acland Coal Mine Museum

Acland was the last underground coal mine on the Darling Downs of Queensland and the last in Australia to work under these conditions, the only one to be intact from a working colliery. Guided tours show how and why items were used, the history and make-up of coal.

Address: 
Francis Street, Acland, QLD
Tel: 
0746967900
Hours: 
By appointment - ring Rosalie Shire Council during office hours on 07 4696 7900
Admission: 
By donation
Facilities: 
Limited wheelchair access to Pitthead, Guided Tours by appointment.
Collection: 
Eight buildings and associated machinery. All items used by coal miners at the Acland Colliery (1913-1984). Hand Borers used 1913 to 1956 - Coal Cutter, Loader, Loco's, Crusher, Winch and drum used 1956 to 1984. Coal mining lights from Tallow to modern electric, Gas Testing - Safety Lamp, Drager, Anemometer, Sling Hygrometer, Books etc.
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Items

Diesel Loco

Jenbach "JW 15" Loco and manual

Creator:
Jenbacher Werke, Tyrol (Austria)
Description:
15 HP single cylinder diesel motor with scrubber box (for coal mines underground), chain drive, used to pull coal skips underground.
Date:
Built in 1952
Item Id Number:
Builders No. 1138

Sent to A.E. Anderson and Co of South Brisbane, after manufacture in 1952, used excell colliery-Bluff C.Q., Burgowan colliery and Acland colliery. One of only 7 left in Australia.

Diesel Loco

BJ20 Loco

Creator:
Bundaberg Foundry -under licence from Jenbacher Werke -Austria
Description:
20 HP, Diesel Loco
Date:
Built 1955
Item Id Number:
Builders No.16

Purchased by the Acland Coal Co. when new and used underground in Acland No 2. Colliery and Acland No.3. One of only 2 left in Queensland.

Winch

Winch motor and drums

Creator:
Motor - Brooks Co, Drum - Robertson and Son.
Description:
One of the smallest P.F. Loaders manufactured.
Date:
1930's

Brought to the Acland Colliery from the Hunter Valley in NSW in 1956. Used here until 1973 when it was replaced by a mines mobile.

Winch

Winch, Motor and Drums

Creator:
Motor - Brooks Co, Drum - Robertson and son - Bendigo Victoria.
Description:
Motor 90HP, variable speed, star delta wound, electric. Drum - main and tail, drums used, 3/4 inch rope.
Date:
1936

Drums first used with a steam winch, brought to Acland in 1956 with the brooks electric motor. Worked until 9th November, 1984.

Man Transport

Man Transport

Creator:
Swanbank Engineering, Ipswich Qld.
Description:
4wd Transporter
Date:
1960's

Last underground Man Transporter, in South East Qld. Used to Transport miners underground at the Oakleigh colliery, Rosewood (closed Dec.1997).