Derby Cricket Club

Kelly McGill

Joined April 2007

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Derby Cricket Club has probably seen better days.
Derby is located on the banks of the Ringarooma River, 103km from Launceston.

*The town came into existence after George Renison Bell discovered tin in the area in 1874.
In the 1880s and 1890s the town was prospering. The district had a population of around 3000 and the mine, which had been renamed Briseis after the 1876 Melbourne Cup winner, was recognised as the richest tin mine in north east Tasmania. It was producing up to 120 tons of tin every month.

The mine was sold to an English company in 1899. It continued to operate successfully until 4 April 1929 when, after heavy rains, the Cascade Dam burst releasing nearly 3500 cubic metres of water which swept through the town killing 14 people. After this tragedy the mine was closed. It reopened in 1934 but never reached the same level of output it had achieved in the late nineteenth century.* (* except taken from The Age)

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