The bathroom with everything - even a mineshaft!22 May 2015
Bendigo woman, Ruth Black, recently discovered she had a lot more household storage space than she thought. Determined to work out why her bath wasn’t draining, she called in a local plumber to investigate.
When the tradesman looked under the house, he was shocked to find a giant unfilled mineshaft beneath Ms Black’s bathroom.
Funnily enough, Ms Black wasn’t overly surprised. She said 'her family had purchased the land in the 1950s and it had previously been owned by the mines department’.
“I knew there was one, it was on the plans for the house,” she said. “When he told me it wasn't filled, I got quite a fright. I think it's terrific as long as it's filled and safe,” she said.
Ms Black said her father had bought the land cheap because it had the mine on it and shale. She assumed the shale must have gradually settled or subsided over a period of time.
The mineshaft which stretches about three metres wide “might have been like this for years,” she said. While it will be filled with concrete shortly, Ms Black said it has been ‘a good story to share with her friends’.