FOR decades the Wentworth Mine has stood sentry and evoked a sense of curiosity from people passing through Lucknow.
The keep out signs and danger warnings only made people more interested in what was inside, who worked there, did anyone die there?
On the weekend hundreds of people took the opportunity to have all their questions answered about the iconic mine, which was built in the 1890s.
Orange City Council museum and heritage co-ordinator Alison Russell could not have been happier with the first of six planned open weekends for the mine.
She was surprised to see so many people taking advantage of the chance to see some of the region’s past come to life.
“My favourite part would have to be the battery stamper,” she said.
“Some people have said it is too loud. From what we’ve been told, you could hear the stamper across the whole village.”
Caitlin and Sam Brand could not decide what their favourite part of the tour was.
Their parents Ben and Cathy said Sam had been interested in gold mining for a long time.
The family drove from Cargo on Saturday morning to see the mine.
And yes, people did die working at the Wentworth Mine, sometimes in horrific circumstances.
First-hand accounts of miners being “seriously injured and mutilated”, among other important and interesting facts, can be found on a website launched by Orange City Council at www.wentworthmine.com.au.