Talana Museum South Africa  


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Mining Exhibits

Dundee has a fascinating industrial history. The first organised coal mining in South Africa was begun by the Dundee Coal Company (registered in 1889) on the slopes of Talana hill.

Today the museum has four extensive coal exhibits depicting the many aspects of coal mining in this area and preserving a unique culture.
Dundee became the heart of the richest coal producing area in the country. Nicknamed "Coalopolis" the town expanded rapidly and the reconstructed town square and some of the shops vividly recalls these times.

The first organised coal mining in South Africa was begun by the Dundee Coal Company (registered on the London Stock exchange in 1889), on the slopes of Talana hill. The remains of coal mines that created the rich and vibrant economy of the area still mark the hillsides and valleys.
Today the museum has four extensive coal exhibits depicting the many aspects of coal mining in this area and preserving the proud and unique heritage of our mining history.
There are a number of exhibits showing the history and development of coal mining in northern KwaZulu-Natal. Visitors can wander through the Chamber of Mines exhibit which reflects the early history of the mines, the mining methods, uses of coal and the support services within the mining industry dust control, surveying, geology, life on the mines and the MINES RESCUE SERVICE.

Sponsored by Iscor Mining replica mines depicting the style of mining on Durnacol and Hlobane mines have been created to show the conditions on mines and well as panels of information to tell the story of these two mines.