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Line of Lode Memorial : 2006
Line of Lode Memorial : 2006

Photographs supplied by Diane Watson / Sandra Brown

The Line of Lode Miner’s Memorial is an icon for Broken Hill and the mining industry. It is also a symbolic and spiritual representation of the human tragedy of more than 800 deaths since mining commenced in Broken Hill in 1883. The Line of Lode is the ore body that bisects the town.

The first death on the memorial is attributed to lead poisoning. Miners were paid a lead bonus. Supposedly this was a scheme to help them share in the wealth they produced. But, according to others who had to live with the miners diseased and damaged by underground work, the bonus was also a covert way to help produce insurance without admitting liability. The payment was introduced in the days before social welfare. So when a miner died from the effects of his work practices, his family would have some capital on which they could live


Address:Federation Way, Broken Hill, 2880
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -31.962222
Long: 141.467222
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Technology
Designer:Angus Barron, Steve Kelly & Dario Palumbo


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 21st April, 2001
Front Inscription

Plaque : 

The Miner`s Memorial

dedicated to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to the city of Broken Hill

Officially opened by the Deputy Prime Minister the Honouralble John Anderson MP

Saturday 21st April, 2001

This project is supported by the Commonwealth Government  through the Federation Fund           

Line of Lode     1991 - 2001
The Past           A Federation Fund Project
                         A Commonwealth Government Initiative

Plaque : 


The red flag signifies the blood spilt by the worker who had lost his life on The Line of Lode, together with the solidarity and socialism of his early union pioneer workmates, their struggle for industrial justice and safer working conditions. 

The black flag, symbolising death, was flown from atop the Trades Hall to alert the populace of a unionist fatality amongst the mining workforce, often resulting in a crowd gathering at the Trades Hall as people sought details of the tragedy. 


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