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Monument erected over grave in memory of Norman Brown who was shot and killed during the Rothbury Riot of 1929. The coroner delivered a verdict of accidental death. 

In 1929, twenty-eight year old coal miner Norman Brown was shot dead by the police during a riot at Rothbury in Northern New South Wales. Norman Brown`s shooting was accidental but it`s impact on the attitude of working men and woman towards the police was nonetheless profound. Norman Brown died during the 1929 coal lockout which had began on the eve of the Depression when miners, who refused to take a wage reduction, were locked out of work by mine owners.

Greta Wednesday. Tuesday will long be remembered by the Greta people, for never in its' history had such a large concourse of people gathered within its streets to pay a last tribute of respect to one of their fallen comrades. From midday on, cars and motor buses began to arrive, and emptied their thousands, who had come from all parts of the State to attend the funeral of the late Norman Brown, who was fatally shot at Rothbury Colliery on Monday morning. Traffic was completely held up in High Street, and by 4.30 p.m., when the funeral was in progress, it was estimated that there were 8000 to 9000 persons marching, besides another 2000 who lined the footpaths, and other points of vantage. It was freely stated that the attendance eclipsed the funerals of the Bellbird disaster, and that of the late Les Darcy. 
Maitland Weekly Mercury (NSW), 21 December 1929.


Arrangements are well in hand to commemorate the death of the late Norman Brown, who was shot at the Rothbury Colliery twelve months ago, on December 16. It has been decided that not a wheel in the mining industry throughout Australia will move on that day. Out of respect to their fallen comrade, thousands of men will journey to Greta, to, in the first place pay due respect to his memory, and also prove to the world at large that the shooting of this unfortunate young man (whether accidental or otherwise), was against the interests of the whole of the working class of Australia. The arrangements so far for that day will be the whole of the people present will assemble in the Avenue in High street, and march to the local cemetery, where the monument erected by Mr. T. Shakespeare, of Wellington and Dubbo, will be officially unveiled by Mr. T. Hoare, president of the Miners' Federation. On returning from the cemetery a massed meeting will be held, at which certain resolutions will be submitted.
Maitland Daily Mercury (NSW), 10 December 1930.

Location

Address:Evans Street, Greta Cemetery , Greta , 2334
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -32.677264
Long: 151.395118
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Grave
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Tragedy
Monument Designer:Mr. T. Shakespeare (Wellington & Dubbo)

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Tuesday 16th December, 1930
Source: MA
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