The Fossickers Way Visitor Guide Volume 1 - Page 20

Emmaville Did you know? with a population of just 520, but it still has more than a few Emmaville was originally named tricks up its sleeve. Vegetable Creek after the Chinese The Emmaville market gardens that supplied Mining Museum the tin miners. It was changed is the town’s main in 1882 in honour of the then attraction, having Governor General’s wife, opened in June 1999. The whose first name quaint museum includes was Emma impressive mineral and fossil displays, featuring the nationally renowned ocated just a half-hour Curnow Collection as well drive from Glen Innes on the as a photography gallery mineral-rich Mole Tableland featuring more than 200 is the historic mining town of historic photographs of mines Emmaville. Formerly known and miners. The adjoining as Vegetable Creek, the little Foley’s Museum also features township boomed with the a beautiful bottle collection discovery of tin in 1872. It and a range of farm was estimated that in the machinery and working tools early 1900s the population that hark back to yesteryear. was around 7000, including In the 1960s and ‘70s, 2000 Chinese people, who Emmaville came into the formed a large part of the spotlight when tales of the mining community. Emmaville Panther emerged. These days, the town emits There are no big cats native a sleepier, more laid back vibe to Australia, yet since as far L 20 back as 1958 there have been panther sightings around Emmaville. Is it actually real or just a legend? No one knows, but there is certainly a sense of mystery in the surrounding region. At nearby Torrington State MOLE TABLELAND The Mole Tableland and its surrounding area, including the Torrington State Conservation Area, is a plateau of granite standing 200m above the surrounding countryside and covering an area of around 3000 square kilometres. This unique region is rich in topaz, tin and tungsten resources and is unusually rich in flora and fauna. There are 750 plant species here, 34 of which are rare or endangered. The Mole Tableland is considered one of the largest deposits of quartz-topaz rock in the world.