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    http://www.theherald.com.au/story/2059512/bhp-heritage-sites-to-be-flattened/?cs=305


    Today's Featured Article
    STEELWORKERS MEMORIAL  View Printable Version  
    Thursday, April 03 2014 @ 08:24 AM
    Contributed by: aub

    This site is dedicated for the "Men and Women of Steel'' and their families for 84 Years in Newcastle, you are invited to leave your "Comments and Thoughts and Photos"
    When we were a Steel City. Thousands worked there and sadly some gave their Lives, lets not forget them
    https://www.facebook.com/muster.point.31

    The figures

    The number of the figures represents the eight decades that the BHP site was functioning and also the many different groups and skills needed to keep such a large operation running.
    The abstraction of the figures is in relation to the fact that many of the people who died are unknown.
    These figures are bowed slightly inward to symbolise showing respect for the men and women who died.
    They will be forged from large solid steel sections using industrial forging techniques. This method is appropriate because of the industrial nature of BHP and will also give character and a human touch to the figures as they will show marks from the power hammers used to forge them and will also differ slightly in height and dimensions indicating the individuality of the workers who died.
    They will have a low maintenance weathered galvanised finish.

    The pillar
    This central pillar symbolises the steel making nature of BHP in representing a large billet of steel. Around the top of this billet will be a brass ring with a simple remembrance message deeply carved into it. The brass being a more expensive metal and with its similarity in colour to gold represents the preciousness of those that died to their families and friends.
    The pillar will be fabricated from weathering steel plate and the brass ring will be hand chiselled with beautifully carved lettering.
    All the parts will be bolted down to cement foundations just below ground level with room to easily mow the grass around them.

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    BHP Reunion 2014

    15 Year BHP Anniversary Reunion

    6th Newcastle Bar Mill Reunion [OneSteel Employees]

    BHP Newcastle Employees 1915 to 1999 - OneSteel Employees 2000 to 2014

    In September 2014 it will be 15 years since the closure of the Front End in Newcastle.
    To keep in touch with the "Men and Women of Steel"
    we are holding the 15 year reunion on

    Saturday September 20 - 2014

    Newcastle District Tennis Club, Lambton & Curley Rd, BROADMEADOW, at 12:30pm
    "Free Entry"

    Sponsored by Pathways Employment Services and Hunter United Credit Union.
    For more information contact Aubrey Brooks
    on 02 4984 5264 or email obisan@bigpond.com
    Organised by Newcastle Industrial Heritage Association Inc.

    Click here to download a printable Reunion Flier.


    we now taking bookings for 2014, Remember BHP Guest Speaking and Muster Point tours  View Printable Version  
    Thursday, November 21 2013 @ 01:05 PM
    Contributed by: aub

    The Newcastle Heritage Association is pleased to announce that we now taking bookings for 2014, Remember BHP Guest Speaking and Muster Point tours for Groups.
    Remember BHP is ideal for Lions, Probus, Apex, Lodges, Ladies Groups , Seniors, Historical Societies etc.

    There is no charge for Guest Speaking or Muster Point tours. Wheel Chair friendly, and take about 1.5 hours, Donations can be made to the Steel Workers Memorial Fund.

    Like his grandfather and father before him, Aubrey started his thirty-eight-year working life at BHP at the age of fifteen, and worked there until the last whistle blew fifteen years ago. Together the four Brooks men gave a total 125 years of service to BHP.
    Aubrey is passionate about making the general public aware of the personal side of the men and women who gave service and created a unique bond of mateship which has continued, as evidenced by the many who attend the annual “Men and Women of Steel” reunions he organises.
    At the time of writing, Aubrey has conducted more than Sixty talks to countless members of visiting Service Clubs - Lions, Apex, Probus, Lodges, Rotary, Sporting, Historical, Seniors groups, retirement villages and overseas visitors, who have soaked up some of the emotion of life at the steelworks.

    The Muster Point is a 70 tonne steel sculpture with bronze cast figures, objects, and components from the Steelworks, the building is 8m x 12m x 8m,with associated pathways (railways sleepers and ballast), located near entrance to steelworks site, George St & Selwyn St off Industrial Drive, Mayfield. . (at McDonald's on Industrial Drive turn left going to Newcastle)
    Newcastle Industrial Heritage Association is pleased to offer personalized guided tours of the iconic sculpture "The Muster Point".
    This house-size industrial artwork was constructed as a collaboration by famous Newcastle sculptor Julie Squires and steelworkers in 1999, to mark the closure of the steelworks.
    The whole structure, inside and out, has many stories to tell about the history of steelmaking in Newcastle.

    Please contact, Email: obisan@bigpond.com
    or call 49845264 for more details.

    Aubrey http://www.niha.org.au

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    Remember BHP  View Printable Version  
    Tuesday, April 02 2013 @ 02:26 AM
    Contributed by: aub

    Testimonial:


    I was deeply moved to visit the Muster Point which was an important reminder of the proud history of Newcastle's steel-making industry. For years I have driven past the point and yet I didn't even know it was there.

    I think it's really important for more people to be aware of Newcastle's history and to learn of the personal stories behind the men and women who worked there.

    Thanks to Aub who took time to show me the Muster Point. It definitely gave me goosebumps when I walked inside!

    Regards,


    Jaimie Abbott
    Federal Liberal Candidate for Newcastle




    The Newcastle Industrial Heritage Association provides for groups, Guest Speaker presentations on "Remember BHP"
    for more information and bookings
    “Remember BHP” is ideal for Service Clubs like Lions, Apex, Probus, Lodges, Rotary, Sporting, Historical, CWA and Seniors Groups.
    PRESENTATIONS are Free. BOOKING FOR 2013 ARE OPEN:
    Email: obisan@bigpond.com or call 49845264 for more details.
    . http://www.niha.org.au

    Hello Aubrey,

    A note to say thank you very much for your presentation with Peg's support, to our Club, Tomaree Probus, today at the Nelson Bay Bowling Club.

    The subject of BHP and steel production is so tightly entwined in the history of Newcastle and its development that your talk struck a chord with every one present. The responses I've had from members todate have all been positive and I believe Allen Beard is planning to include the muster point tour on his future trips plan for the club.

    I've attached a copy of our March Newsletter and suggest you look at p. 11 where the BHP / Newcastle Heritage talk is listed. All Probus clubs in our area receive a copy of this newsletter.

    I look forward to seeing you again soon

    Kind regards

    Mike Mobbs
    Speaker/Programming Tomaree Probus Club

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    The MUSTER POINT is now on FACEBOOK:  View Printable Version  
    Sunday, March 17 2013 @ 04:07 PM
    Contributed by: aub

    The MUSTER POINT is now on FACEBOOK:
    The Muster Point would be a great place to get married.
    http://www.niha.org.au/mediagallery/index.php


    The Muster Point is a 70 tonne steel sculpture with bronze cast figures, objects, and components from the Steelworks, the building is 8m x 12m x 8m,with associated pathways (railways sleepers and ballast), located near entrance to steelworks site, George St & Selwyn St off Industrial Drive, Mayfield.
    Newcastle Industrial Heritage Association is pleased to offer personalized guided tours of the iconic sculpture "The Muster Point".
    This house-size industrial artwork was constructed as a collaboration by famous Newcastle sculptor Julie Squires and steelworkers in 1999, to mark the closure of the steelworks.
    The whole structure, inside and out, has many stories to tell about the history of steelmaking in Newcastle.
    Well-known retired steelworker Aubrey Brooks conducts intimate, heartfelt journeys around and within the walls of this unique place.
    If you know any small group that would like to soak up some of the emotion of life at the steelworks, contact Aubrey to make a booking. TOURS ARE FREE and Wheel Chair friendly, and take about
    1.5 hours, Donations can be made to the Steelworkers Memorial Fund

    If you like me to visit your club or take a tour to the Muster Point,

    Email: obisan@bigpond.com
    or call 49845264 for more details.
    Mobile 0407452714

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    Hunter United Credit Union turning 50 this year.  View Printable Version  
    Monday, January 14 2013 @ 02:57 AM
    Contributed by: aub

    Happy new Year!

    To celebrate our Credit Union turning 50 this year on 10th October 2013.

    We need help, we are looking for photos of the Hunter United Credit and its staff at Newcastle BHP, it is now 50 years since they began,

    We wish to share any stories, anecdotes, pictures and recollections of our credit union. Especially its early times… in the good old days! We are excited about what we may discover and think it is a wonderful way to bring our members and community together.

    The HUCU helps us every year with the BHP Reunion, it would be great if you have any information that can help,

    Regards…………Aub


    Member Contributions/Member Competition – we are very much looking forward to discovering and sharing our history with the community, but initially we need help. On the back of our Member competition which featured on the front page of the newsletter and also on the homepage of our website, we are after contributions………..whether it be stories, an old membership card, photos etc. from the good old days. I would ask you if the NIHA or indeed your many contacts would have something to contribute, old credit union photos’, perhaps stories of their first loan, we are interested in any contributions no matter how large or small. There is a special gift for all contributions as well as a major prize of an iphone5 for the most valuable contribution.

    Again thanks for your time Aub, and I appreciate your passion for our history, we did discuss many other opportunities, but I think for now if we are to focus on the above that would be a great start to what will be a busy and exciting year.

    Kind Regards,


    Greg Ferris
    Manager, Marketing & Partnerships
    Hunter United Credit Union Ltd
    130 Lambton Road, Broadmeadow NSW 2292
    P: (02) 4941 3809 F: (02) 4956 2348
    M: 0408 135 877
    E: greg.ferris@huecu.com.au

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    About Us

    The Newcastle Industrial Heritage Association Inc. is a community group formed in May 2000 to promote the role that all Industries have played in Australia’s development.

    Objectives of the Association

    • To promote the role that Hunter Industries and Manufacturing has played in developing Australia’s Heritage.
    • To facilitate and present research into the Hunter Region’s Industrial Heritage.
    • To promote and support the conservation of the region’s industrial heritage including any links there to which maybe broader a field.
    • To encourage the development and operation of a repository for materials and documents related to industrial heritage.
    • To promote tourism and adaptive reuse of existing industrial heritage sites, buildings and moveable objects.

    Bob Cook, President

    Newcastle Industrial Heritage Association Inc.

    Visitors and new members are welcome.

    Application fee $15.00
    Annual subscription $10.00

    Contact Bob Cook "President" for more information, niha@pacific.net.au

    Aubrey Brooks, obisan@bigpond.com


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