The town of Beaconsfield is synonymous with gold mining.
It's the reason it exists where it is: a township sitting under hills shot through with veins of gold, bringing floods of fortune-seekers from 1877 onwards.
Gold mining has continued off and on at Beaconsfield for 140 years.
But since the last big company - BCD Resources - pulled out in 2012, the community has turned to tourism and other ventures to keep the local economy going.
Now, gold is coming back.
London-based company NQ Minerals - which also operates the Hellyer Gold Mine on the West Coast - has purchased the rights to the Beaconsfield Gold Mine for about $2 million.
The sale includes the 350,000 tonnes-per-annum processing plant, tailings dam, mining leases, property rights and permits, and a 593-hectare mining lease.
The appeal of the site, the company says, is that much of what is needed for an operational gold mine is already sitting there at Beaconsfield.
It just needs somebody to start using it.
With gold prices trading at $1775 - "soaring to the moon" in the words of business magazine Forbes - there has never been a better time for a gold mining company to make a new investment.
NQ Minerals will not be returning to the shaft that was the setting for the 2006 mine disaster.
It intends to dig a new 400-metre deep mine shaft that will then travel about three kilometres horizontally underground.
Its website also mentions "open pit potential" and "new reef discovery potential" within the land it has leased.
"A new mine access decline is the key to re-opening Beaconsfield and providing for long-term low-cost operations for many years," the website says.
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In 2011 it was estimated that 336,514 ounces of gold could remain underground at Beaconsfield, and NQ Minerals estimates 100 jobs would be created by resuming mining operations.
In town, the community is cautiously optimistic about the announcement.
Nobody wants to count their chickens before they hatch.
But neither can anybody deny investment in the region could be a positive turn of events for the community.
One resident who could be impacted by a new mining operation is Val Rautner, the owner of business Multiskilled Tasmania.
Multiskilled Tasmania does "engineering, fabrication, crane hire, labour hire, building work, marine repairs - if we can achieve it, we'll do it".
Mr Rautner has fluctuated between hiring four and 25 employees depending on how much work is available, and he said he always tries to have a couple of apprentices.
"For us, [a new mine] is great," he said.
"We've been here for 20 years, and [the mine] was always our bread and butter-type work. It was an ongoing job, which can be hard to find around this area.
"Something like this, for probably a 10-year period - it would be great. And it would give us a bit of confidence to upskill in certain areas and tool up, and help us diversify as well.
"Last time [mining] started the whole town sort of picked up.
"It adds a bit of money to the place - a bit of affluence - and people start to care a little more."
Mr Rautner said a lot of older workers remember and look back fondly at the mining days, with its stream of steady, interesting jobs and opportunity for physical work and manual labour.
A lot of mining jobs are highly skilled and require years of specialist training.
But he hopes the presence of a new mine will encourage the younger generation to pursue training in the sort of technical expertise that mining companies look for when hiring.
West Tamar deputy mayor Joy Allen said new investment could be promising for the community.
But she said it was important to remember there was a lot more to Beaconsfield than just gold mining.
"It will bring more people into the town," she said. "Whether the people who are employed live in the town or in Launceston, they'll certainly be eating and buying petrol, going to the hotels, and the money will be spread around.
"[But] really, even when the mine was last here, I don't think we thought of ourselves as a mining town. Years ago it was, but we're just a normal little town - we're more a tourism town, than a mining town.
"The closure of the last mine didn't make a lot of difference to the community, economically. Because a lot of the workers were fly-in, fly-out or lived in Launceston. So, people are waiting to see what kind of difference it makes this time.
"Some people are worried about what happened in the past, but I'm confident that wouldn't happen in this day and age."
She is referring, of course, to the 2006 tragedy that saw Beaconsfield become the centre of an international media circus.
An earthquake triggered a mine collapse with 17 people inside.
Fourteen escaped, but one man, Larry Knight, was killed by a rockfall. Two men, Brant Webb and Todd Russell, were trapped underground with nothing but groundwater and a single muesli bar between them.
There were wedged inside a vehicle in the mine for two weeks before a successful rescue was executed.
For many outside the region, the disaster is the primary word association they have with Beaconsfield.
But the town has been the site of plenty of other dramas over the past century-and-a-half, president of the West Tamar Historical Society John Dent said.
During the initial gold rush of the 1880s, Beaconsfield was one of the most profitable gold mines in the world.
Gold mining was responsible in large part for establishing Launceston as a commercial centre. Between 1877 and 1914, the equivalent of $500 million worth of gold at today's value passed through Northern Tasmania.
Many of the buildings in both Launceston and Beaconsfield date from this era, with residents who were engaged in some way with gold mining accumulating wealth and pouring it into property.
Beaconsfield from 1877 to the early 1900s was utter chaos, Mr Dent said.
The spot went from "nothing to hundreds of people" almost overnight when the Dally brothers discovered gold.
Peaceful, virtually empty farmland transformed instantaneously into a prospecting hub, famous for its channels of mud stretching in every direction.
"There were holes everywhere, digging everywhere, and mud everywhere - all the stories you read are about the mud," Mr Dent said. "Even in the main street of the town, people would disappear into the mud virtually up to their necks.
"There was no planning, people were just digging all over the place and putting shafts down."
George Town was the nearest proper settlement and there were no roads between the two places: newcomers would come by boat down the Tamar and walk to wherever they could find a patch. At first there were few buildings and the settlement was a shanty town of tents.
There was no electric lighting, and locals floated candles between the two pubs in town down the muddy channel to ensure they could find them.
It could be a rough place in those days, with gold miners hoping to strike it rich fighting over patches of land.
Prize fights would draw hundreds of spectators.
In 1884, a daring bank robbery was the talk of the town.
The 21-year-old bank manager was on his way home from a social engagement when he was set upon, blindfolded, and tied to a tree in the middle of the night.
His keys were stolen and and the bank was robbed. The Examiner reported at the time that the events were "unparalleled in the history of Tasmania".
Seven men were arrested, but none were convicted. Extraordinarily, the men then sued the bank claiming damages for malicious prosecution and false imprisonment - and won.
However, two of them were then re-arrested. One was caught using the stolen banknotes to make bets at the racetrack; and it was discovered the other had a history of robbing banks in NSW and Victoria.
The pair admitted they had paid the lawyers in their suit against the bank - claiming damages for their "wrongful" arrest for bank robbery - with the money they had stolen from the bank in the robbery.
"[The police] found some money, but they didn't find it all, and people in Beaconsfield still say, 'Watch where you're digging, you might find it'," Mr Dent said.
"There's probably some people in the town now that are descended from these guys - maybe they know where the money is hidden."
This period in Beaconsfield's history ended when the gold closest to the surface was all extracted. Workers had to dig deeper and deeper to find the good stuff.
Deeper shafts had a tendency to flood, and mining became limited to those who could afford to pump water out. The character changed from a hoard of individual prospectors to larger, already-wealthy companies, with the most significant enterprise being Hart and Grubb's Tasmania Mine.
After World War I there was occasional exploration drilling, but it wasn't until 1998 that mining returned in earnest to Beaconsfield - before it stopped yet again in 2012.
Lex Van Dongen, president of the West Tamar Rotary Club, is enthusiastic about the prospect of new infrastructure, and economic flow-on to local businesses, that a new mining operation could have.
"It would be amazing for the township, I think," he said.
"It depends on what sort of employment the mine will provide, but I think it will certainly boost the area - you always get a certain amount of local employment, even if they bring experts in from other areas. The on-flow in the economy would be fantastic.
"I remember at the time [in 2012], it was rather devastating. It lost a lot of employment, and support for a lot of families in Beaconsfield.
"To bring that back would be absolutely fantastic."