The miraculous news that followed - Brant and Todd were alive and rescued.
The tragic news - Larry Knight did not survive.
We wandered around the site for a few hours, exploring the interactive exhibits and recreations of the mine disaster.
The workings of a mine are fascinating and I have visited a few over the years, but Beaconsfield is the most modern mine I have seen.
The historic buildings and relics provided a glimpse into the past, when the mines were an even tougher place to work.
A quick game of Shafts and Ladders and our visit was complete.
Outside, a plaque sits, paying respects to the many people in the community who helped make Todd and Brant's rescue a success and honouring the memory of Larry.
Across the road, in the rose garden where news crews huddled for 2 weeks, another plaque commemorates journalist Richard Carleton, who passed away during the event.
Beaconsfield Mine was the last attraction for us to visit on our Tassie road trip and it added a poignant ending to our journey.
Onward to Devonport for a night before we set sail in the morning.