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The monument commemorates the Dalfram Dispute of 1938.

The Dalfram Dispute of 1938 occured when Port Kembla workers refused to load pig iron onto the steamship Dalfram headed for Japan. At the time, Japan was at war with China and in making this decision an important bond was formed between the Waterside Workers Federation (WWF), the Illawarra Labour Movement and the People’s Republic of China.

The WWF members believed that the ‘pig iron’ would come back to Australia in bombs and steel, and that the Japanese would use it against the Chinese in Manchuria. It was during the Dalfram Dispute that the title ‘Pig Iron Bob’ was coined in reference to the then Attorney General Robert Menzies.


Address:Gloucester Boulevard, Port Kembla Heritage Park, Port Kembla, 2505
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.475735
Long: 150.913716
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Government
Approx. Event Start Date:1938
Approx. Event End Date:1938


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Wednesday 14th November, 2018
Inscription in Proximity

Dalfram Dispute Memorial

Proudly funded by the NSW Government in association with
The Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union

Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au