Zeehan is located on the west coast of Tasmania and is named after a nearby mountain, Mt Zeehan, which was named by Abel Tasman in 1642 after the boat he was sailing at the time, Zeahan.
Prior to the arrival of Europeans, the area was inhabited by people from the Peerapper and Tommeginne Aboriginal language groups. In its mining heyday, Zeehan once had a population of 10 000. Tin and silver was discovered locally in the late 1800s, and as a result the town was set up but by the 1950s, the deposits in the are had dwindled.
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Main Street, Zeehan, 2008.
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1 Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2016 Census QuickStats
Last updated: 01 Dec 2019 21:01
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