Underground Hospital and Museum

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Underground Hospital and Museum

Underground Hospital and Museum
4.5
Monday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Josh
5 contributions
Awesome collection
Jun 2021 • Couples
Was pleasantly surprised it was a guided tour, knowledgeable staff and an interesting display of how things were during the war
Written July 23, 2021
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James B
Newcastle, Australia526 contributions
5 out of 5 for the volunteers
May 2021 • Couples
The underground section of this historic hospital is undergoing a significant upgrade at present so we were not able to view the diggings of the WW2 era.

However, that didn’t stop the team of volunteers from presenting a very worthwhile and informative look into the history of this hospital.

From the early tent days to a mine management takeover and then back to town ownership and then being thrust into a war. It was a most interesting story and we all were able to reflect on the tenuous times previous generations had to face.

The tent house adjacent to the hospital is also worth a look. It gives a good sense of what most of the housing in Mount Isa was like until the 1950’s

The volunteers are only asking for a donation during the tunnel reconstruction but if you’re coming over, make sure you’re generous with that donation.

Well done team!
Written June 22, 2021
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David E
Melbourne, Australia1,298 contributions
Good History Lesson
May 2021
Our group of 7 all appreciated being able to see what it was like for all involved during war time. (Doctors, Nurses, Patients etc)
We all hear about war, and how people kill each other, but we rarely hear about (or see) what it was like to have been on the "other side of the fence" and what it was like trying to save peoples lives, while others were trying to kill each other.
I came away from here full of admiration for the medical staff of the time.
My hat off to them all.
Such brave and resilient people !!
Written June 4, 2021
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pho0pkins
Blackheath, Australia141 contributions
interesting
Jun 2021
unfortuantly couldnt go down into the hospital due to power outage but the guide was very informative and told us all about the history of it and also we went into the tent house that was really interesting
Written June 4, 2021
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TravellingQldlanders
Morayfield, Australia898 contributions
Wonderful description of the history on the hospital and early miner housing
May 2021
It's great to see volunteers doing so much in the community. Although we couldn't go inside due to some timber failure we got a personal guide to explain the underground hospital and the Tent house. The hospital was built in 1942 in defense of potential bombing by the Japanese.
The tent house was the early version of housing for miners. This one had a family of 10, the metal roof and a ceiling was an addition made by the owners.
Entry is by donation, well worth the visit
Written May 19, 2021
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Annieco1
Wollongong, Australia302 contributions
Interesting guided tour
Apr 2021 • Couples
The underground hospital displays were temporarily closed at the time of our visit due to a problem that needed repair works. However, we were still about to tour the buildings above ground with informative guide Ramona. No entry fees while the underground area is closed but a donation box was provided. Tea and coffee also provided by the volunteers. Still definitely worth a visit !!
Written May 2, 2021
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Thank you for your generous review. I’m sorry that you couldn’t walk through the tunnel at the time of your visit. Thank you for your understanding. We endeavour to give our visitors the same experience even though the tunnel is closed. I hope that you can make it back sometime in the future. The repairs are moving forward and we will be reopened soon.
Written May 17, 2021
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Jeni Krysma Johnson
Brisbane, Australia49 contributions
Underground hospital
Sep 2020 • Solo
It is closed for renovations and will not reppen until 2021. I was looking forward to visiting. Oh well ... maybe another year.
Written September 8, 2020
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Sorry that we were closed when you tried to visit. Like many places we closed all of 2020 due to COVID-19. Those of us who were able to safely work completed the restoration of the tent house and we are excited to be open for 2021. I hope that you can visit in the future.
Written April 29, 2021
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amazon669
Darwin, Australia197 contributions
Great Historical Significance
Nov 2019 • Solo
Definitely worth visiting. Great to learn some history of the area during the war.
There is no shortage of medical equipment on display and the underground mine itself is also extremely interesting and displayed in a very easy way to understand as was the added commentary by our guide.
The underground hospital was great to escape the heat from outside.
Great place to visit if you have an hour or more.
Written November 15, 2019
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Thank you for your four star review. It’s amazing how cool it is in the tunnels. No wonder why the nurses would sleep there on hot summer nights.
Written November 19, 2019
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Risharne Punch
4 contributions
Biziskill Trainees visit
Nov 2019
Our Biziskill project which accommodates 10 paid trainees at the RedDoor Multiskill Centre in Cloncurry, currently has available resources to assist non-profitable charities. We are able to provide administration, data entry, cataloging, create Facebook sites, websites and perform other business functions at no cost.
Recently the Biziskill team had completed administration task for the Underground Hospital and Museum. In return they offered a guided tour of the Underground Hospital and Museum.
On arrival at the Museum we were met by one of the volunteers, Erica who guided the Trainees throughout the facility. She shared some very interesting historical information regarding the build of the Underground Hospital and Museum.
It was very informative and all the Trainees thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity given by Erica.
Written November 13, 2019
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Thank you for your interest and assistance with the Underground Hospital and Museum. We are very excited about this partnership.
Written November 19, 2019
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PeterLangston
Tamworth, Australia868 contributions
Intriguing
Oct 2019 • Couples
With the bombing of Darwin in early 1942 and the destruction of its hospital, concern was raised of the vulnerability of Mt Isa Hospital in the event of a Japanese air raid. The mine supervisor loaned equipment and miners their spare time to dig three tunnels into an adjacent hill. Completed quickly, the tunnels were never used for surgical procedures as there were never any air raids.

Our tour group was small and our guide - Roxana - was full of information. The museum suffers from being run by committee and volunteers, whose heart is big but curation skills small, so their is to much repetition and clutter. That said, it’s an interesting place and a unique slice of Mt Isa's history. An example of a tent house, used extensively for accommodation, is well presented with lots of personal touches.

Staff were very generous with their time which made our visit all the more pleasant and certainly more interesting.
Written October 21, 2019
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Thank you for your review Peter. We couldn’t agree with your review more. Our volunteers are passionate and love chatting with our guests. We have some very exciting work happening and have had Museums and Galleries Queensland working with us this week on improving the museum. I hope that you make it back to the Mount Isa Underground Hospital and Museum in the coming years to see the changes.
Written October 22, 2019
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