REMINE, the township that sprung up at Trial Harbour, was named after the native name for Blandfordia, which grows in abundance on the hillsides surrounding the town. At times the town boomed, in 1891 its population was 214.
All buildings were constructed of wood and iron, with brick chimneys, many of the bricks being convict made.
There were two hotels, a general store restaurant, blacksmith’s shop, post and telegraph office, and police headquarters.
The harbour was named after the small vessel, “Trial” carrying Mr. Alex Ingleton, who was to be the manager of the Montagu mine on the south Heemskirk field, was driven ashore over night during a gale. When Mr. George and Mr. Rex of the Mercury newspaper arrived, upon asking the name of the vessel on the beach, raised their mugs of spirit and proposed the toast “Here’s to the health of the Trial Harbour”. So the spot was named on the 10th March 1881.
On the 26th of February 1887, bushfires swept through Trial Harbour and burnt almost every building. Most were rebuilt.
North, north east of Trial was the south Heemskirk mining fields? The main mines being the Orient, Cliff, Cumberland, Montagu, West Cumberland, Cornwell, Empress Victoria, Prince George, Carn Brae and Peripatetic.
Transport from Trial to Zeehan was by the way of packhorses along very rough roads.
The need for the port of Trial disappeared when the railway opened in 1892, between Zeehan and Trial. The port was used for a few more years for supply of rails for the Federation Mine.
What remained of the town was again ravished by fires and remained uninhabited until the early 1900’s. Today 100 yrs later there are 46 dwellings, which are mainly used as holiday homes, with a few permanent residents.
Some of the fish that are regularly caught in this area are: - Crayfish, Abalone, Many types of scale fish, and Shark.
The wildflowers in the surrounding hillsides are an attraction feature in the spring. They include wild clematis, tea tree, baronia, heath, small wild orchids and the blandfordia.
South of Trial is a pleasant walk along the ocean beach to the little Henty River in which you can fish for trout seasonally.
If you look to the hill coming into Trial , you will see a zig zag track and half way up there is a seat with a beautiful view to the heads at Strahan. Also a good spot to watch some of the beautiful sunsets. This was an original packhorse track in and out of town.
Other places of interest here are:-
Walk to Cumberland Lake – a medium graded walk.
Cornwell Mine – 8klm’s return – Easy.