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Savage River is a small Australian mining township located on the West Coast of Tasmaniamarker.


Government surveyor Charles Sprent discovered Savage River's iron ore deposits in 1877, however the minerals were left untouched for nearly a century due to the difficulty in extracting iron from the low-quality ore. Several surveys were conducted in the interim including one in 1926 by Australian Iron and Steel (later BHP). The township at Savage River was constructed from 1965 to 1967 when Roy Hudson's Industrial and Mining Investigations Pty Ltd received backing to construct a mining project in the area.

Mining operations

The Savage River Mine is an open-cut iron ore mine operated by Australian Bulk Minerals. Production at the mine in 2006–07 was 1.423 million cubic metres of ore with 4.851 cubic metres of waste. At June 2007, 50.9% of the 323.8 million tonnes of resources from the mine was recoverable magnetite.


  1. Travel: Savage River, The Sydney Morning Herald, 14 January 2008.
  2. Savage River Mine, IRIS Tasmania, 21 April 2009. Retrieved on 13 September 2009.

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