BHP centenary memorial Sculpture unveiled

As some of you may remember back in January we posted an article on the "fantastic artist Will Maguire" who had some work processed at our plant for the BHP memorial. 

Tuesday June 2 about 400 people gathered at the former BHP steelworks to commemorate the centenary of the plant’s official opening on June 2, 1915.

To pay tribute to those who lost their lives at the steelworks the ceremony included the unveiling of a new sculpture  – a moving ‘‘mourning circle’’ produced by Will Maguire.

A time-capsule cut into a three-tonne bloom of steel made at the Newcastle works filled with a series of BHP-related objects,  was sealed closing the ceremony.

Bob Cook president of  Newcastle Industrial Heritage Association said a plaque on the time capsule promised the interred items would be revealed in 50years’ time, on June 2, 2065.

Mark van den Heuvel spoke on the history of the plant, as did  John Risby, who told how the need to train apprentices gave rise to Newcastle Technical College, which in turn ‘‘contributed’’ to the successful push for the University of Newcastle.

With piper, Shaun Manning playing The Lament, the Dean of Newcastle, Stephen Williams, blessed and dedicated the memorial as the crowd gathered to each throw a pebble of iron ore onto the base of the sculpture.

 

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