Built in 1899, the Gwalia Headframe was used for transporting miners, gold-bearing ore and even horses up and down to the underground mine. This structure is the only incline timber headframe remaining in Australia today.
The headframe and winder were relocated to the Mine Precinct and several miner’s camps were relocated to the townsite to save them from being swallowed up by the open-cut pit!
The main structure of the timber incline headframe was built between 1896 and 1898. It was recently reconstructed as part of conservation work, so it can stand strong for many more years to come. Some of the beams have been replaced with Karri (eucalypt native) from near Pemberton. Not an easy task as you can imagine!