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Miners Statue : 11- September-2014
Miners Statue : 11- September-2014

Photographs supplied by Sandra Brown

Statue commemorates the contribution of mine workers to the City of Cessnock.

In the late 1800s the Newcastle coalfields were winding down and mine owners were looking for other areas to mine coal. The South Maitland Coalfields had been proven by Sir Edgeworth David, the Government Geological Surveyor, to be the richest coal seam in the Southern Hemisphere so of course, attention shifted to these coal fields. The town of Kurri Kurri was founded in 1902 as the service centre for the local Stanford Merthyr and Pelaw Main mines and the people who worked them. At the height of the mining era in Kurri Kurri there were 28 operational pits, employing 11,000 local men in addition to the people employed in the service industries in the town itself such as shops.

Location

Address:Lang Street, Rotary Park, Kurri Kurri, 2327
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -32.819299
Long: 151.480401
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:Technology
Sub-Theme:Industry

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 15th August, 1992
Front Inscription
THE CITY OF CESSNOCK ONCE WAS HOME TO 
28 PITS EMPLOYING 11,000 MEN
TODAY THERE IS BUT ONE PIT.
THE STATUE WAS ERECTED ON 15TH AUGUST, 1992.
IN RECOGNITION OF THE IMMEASURABLE
CONTRIBUTION OF
ALL MINE WORKERS TO THE CITY.

Northern District Miners Women`s Auxiliary
Cessnock City Council
United Mine Workers Federation Northern District


 
Source: MA
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