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The sculpture commemorates the men and women who have worked in the coal industry since 1849.

In 1849 James Shoobert opened the first coal mine in the Illawarra at Mount Keira. From this point on coal mining began to develop as the major primary industry of northern Illawarra. The developing coal industry had a major impact on the trade at Wollongong Harbour. Coal was carted from the mines to Wollongong Harbour for export.


Address:41 Burelli Street, City Council Chambers, Wollongong, 2500
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.426667
Long: 150.898611
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:Technology
Approx. Event Start Date:1849
Designer:Lis Johnson


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 29th July, 1995
Front Inscription

Artist : Lis Johnson
Officially Unveiled On 29 July 1995

"This memorial pays tribute to the courage, struggle, sacrifice and camaderie that are the hallmarks of Wollongong`s mining community. It recognises and honours the debt of gratitude owed by the City to the men and women who have worked in the mining industry since its inception in 1849."

Officially Unveiled by
Lord Mayor, David Campbell
Premier of NSW Hon Bob Carr
Retired Mineworker - Fred Kirkwood
Southern District Mining Women’s Auxiliary - Julie Hodgson
Mineworker - Peter May
On Saturday 29 July 1995
This project was made possible with assistance from:-
NSW Government through the Ministry of Arts
Joint Coal Board
United Mine Workers - Southern District 
Mine Worker Auxiliary - Southern District
Mine Workers Trust
IMB Society
Miners Womens Auxiliary - Southern District
Bellambi Collieries Pty Ltd
Port Kembla Coal Terminal 
Kembla Coal and Coke Pty Ltd
University of Wollongong
Duffield Holdings
BHP Steel Collieries
Wollongong City Council
Don Gray OAM

R J Oxley General Manager
D A Campbell Lord Mayor City of Wollongong


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