Mount Isa Underground Hospital and Museum (Celebrating 90 years of Mount Isa)
Tonight I will share some images of one of Mount Isa’s tourist attractions that many of the locals are not aware of. The Underground Hospital was built in 1942 following the bombing of Darwin. At that time it was felt that Mount Isa was a potential target should the Japanese push for more inland raids.
Built by volunteers, the Mount Isa Underground Hospital is tunnelled into the side of a hill behind the existing Mount Isa Hospital and stands as a monument to the ingenuity, tenacity and determination of the people of Mount Isa. Attached to the Underground Hospital is the Beth Anderson Museum. The Museum features a collection of antique medical equipment, rare historical items and colourful stories that give us a glimpse of life in the days of early Mount Isa.