THE experiences of local coal miners in the last century will be brought to life through the use of SpectraVision at the latest tourist attraction to open in Lithgow.
“Fire in the Mine” is the Lithgow State Mine Museum’s newest addition and will be unveiled to the public on the weekend of March 9 and 10.
“It is designed to illustrate the working lives of local coal miners in the mid 20th century,” president of the museum Ray Christison said.
SpectraVision is a technique that can be traced back to the 19th century’s Pepper’s Ghost.
The modern version has proved a hit in other tourist centres around the country including the prisoner-of-war breakout display at Cowra Visitor Centre.
“Fire in the Mine” has been a long time coming after the spark that created the idea more than 10 years ago.
The Lithgow State Mine Museum has spent 10 years of trying to get funding, five years of research, a couple of years of work on a script and the modification of the old shower block, Mr Christison said.
Mr Christison’s research and work on the script has led to the character based on the still-alive Marion Currie, to be projected into the three-dimensional space created by local artisans Tim Johnson and Phil Spark.
She talks about her husband Ned who worked at the mine and the 1953 fire there which provides the title of the attraction.
Electronics design engineer and the developer of SpectraVision Brian Shirley worked with Mr Christison’s research and script to come up with the final presentation using an actor to play Mrs Currie.
Hard work for two years by museum volunteers prepared the old bath house at the State Mine where the SpectraVision is shown.
“It is appropriate that the story is told in this space as this is where the blackened-faced men came to clean up at the end of the day,” Mr Christison said.
“Fire in the Mine” can be seen from 10am to 4pm on its opening weekend.
THE FINAL TOUCHES: President of the City of Lithgow Mining Museum Ray Christison discusses with Spectra Vision developer Brian Shirley the character of Marion Currie walking in the background. lm022213stmine
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