BHP Memorial

Will Maguire's article about his memorial sculpture

As you may remember Hunter Galvanizing was lucky to be involved in the making of the Steelworkers memorial last year in May 2015, by Will Maguire

"The design was based around simple abstract forms in heavy forged steel representing both the workers who died and the people who mourn them. The figures stand in a supportive circle around a sinking column of steel representing the steelworks and the collective fading memory of those times and people." 

The article explains the process, with some pictures illustrating different points, and other companies who were also played a part. It is a great read, worth taking 5 minutes out of your time, and Hunter Galvanizing were praised which is very kind 

Most of the steel work was hot dip galvanised and Hunter Galvanisers were a pleasure to work with and did a wonderful job of the dip.
— Will Maguire

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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