Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders

"Nike" is a 25 tonne painted mild steel sculpture commissioned to commemorate the steel industry. The name refers to the energy and poise of Nike, the greek winged goddess of victory and also Nike, the intercontinental ballistic missile, being raised in a time lapse sequence.

The local steel industry commenced in 1927 with Charles Hoskins entering into an agreement with the state government to build a steelworks at Port Kembla, thereby commencing a long history of steel production that still continues to this day. Operations began in 1930 with one blast furnace of 800 tons capacity. In 1936, BHP acquired Australian Iron and Steel Limited and production at Port Kembla increased rapidly. The steel industry was a catalyst for growth for many decades, and laid the foundations for the city's economy, lifestyle and culture.


Address:Burelli Street, McCabe Park, Wollongong, 2500
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.426478
Long: 150.893819
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:Technology
Artist:Ken Unsworth


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1980
Front Inscription

The Steel Industry Sculpture
     Sculptor Ken Unsworth

Presented To The People Of The City By Wollongong

Australian Iron & Steel Pty. Ltd.
B.M.G. Specified Concrete
British Paints Ltd.
C. R. Cavenagh & Sons Pty. Ltd.
P. B. Coleman Pty. Ltd.
Douglas Engineering Pty. Ltd.
Dowty Wolleng Pty. Ltd.
Electric Power Transmission Pty. Ltd.
Festival Commitee 1979.
Gladstonbury Steel Fabrication Pty. Ltd.
J. R. G Thens
Hamar Engineering Pty. Ltd.
M.R.I. Pty. Ltd.
Painting & Development Pty. Ltd.
Planner West & Partners (W`Gong) Pty. Ltd.
S. D. Prosser
Transfield Pty. Ltd.
Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council

Unveiled By
The Hon. Neville K. Wran QC MP 
Premier Of New South Wales
On 2nd June 1980

Alderman Frank Arkell 
Lord Mayor 
City Of Wollongong



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