- Joan Street, Mount Isa QLD 4825
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- Adult $16; Concession $14; Group (10+) $12; Child free
The Mount Isa Underground Hospital, constructed during March/April 1942 after the Japanese bombed Darwin and later Katherine in the Northern Territory. Off-duty miners from Mount Isa Mines volunteered their time to build the evacuation hospital into the side of the hill behind the existing hospital. As a wartime underground civilian hospital, built by civilians, it appears to be unique in Australia.
The Beth Anderson Museum is full of wonderful memorabilia from the 1930s. You will find an extensive range of antique medical equipment, including a hand written First Aid Manual, large posters of the human anatomy and a real skeleton that was used for educational purposes. As well as medical paraphernalia, there are some interesting World War II items.
Also onsite is Tent House. Housing was scarce in Mount Isa after Miles' discovery of lead and silver. Men came in droves, and some brought their families with them. Accommodation was needed, and it was needed fast. Canvas was a fairly readily available product and so it was used to make 'tent houses'.