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    FREE.. BHP MUSTER POINT TOURS.  View Printable Version  
    Sunday, January 16 2011 @ 11:00 AM
    Contributed by: aub

    Hello Aubrey,
    Thankyou so much for showing the us the Muster Point. Both the teachers and all students thought it was very interesting; it was a first visit for all of them. I'm sure there will be a few return visits as they tell their families and friends about it; I know students have sent their photos to various places around the world.
    Some of the students were from Korea and Pakistan. In the preparation for our visit to the site they said they had lived near steel making industries in their home countries, and commented on the environmental problems associated with steel making in those places. You can't make an omelette without cracking eggs.
    Thanks once again,

    It was great to know you and have this opportunity to talk to you at Muster Point Tours.I did really enjoy your presentation about the history of BHP. Apart from your beautiful explanation the background music was appealing too.
    As thanks, Samira

    Dear Aubrey
    Last week I attended a group tour of Muster Point with the Amateur Geological Society of the Hunter Valley http://www.agshv.com/

    I had hear of the Muster Point but didn’t know where it was. I was expecting a walk around a monument of some sort but I didn’t expect to be transported into another time and place and into others lives including your own.

    Your explanation of the Muster Point, how it came to be and the stories that it holds was truly a moving experience. I could almost feel the heat of the furnace and the rattle of the rails and the jokes of the workers. Thank you for making the history of that place so real and for passing it onto others. Many would not bother.

    I hope that the Muster Point http://www.niha.org.au can become more known as an important place in the history of Newcastle but also the country. I hope you can continue your gift of story telling for many years to come.

    My Regards,
    On behalf of all the people in the U3A tour this afternoon thank you very much for your time and the excellent tour. I think you really brought the steelworks alive with your talk of personal experiences and personal trauma. I hope you sold a few books. I bought one and I look forward to reading it. All of our people told me that they really enjoyed the tour and again thank you very much for your time, your expertise and your memories. Well done! Keep up the good work!

    Terrific Aub!
    All eight of us thoroughly enjoyed your presentation at the Muster Point today. Your use of music to introduce and finish your story was very 'atmospheric' and certainly set the scene. Living at Carrington through the shutdown period, I heard all the things in the press at the time and walked over to the mangroves on Throsby Creek to watch the last burn off on the Saturday morning, but of course the stories you told us filled in so much more - you made it far more 'human'. I had walked in to look at the sculpture not long after it was first installed but today's visit made it so much more meaningful.
    I would love to bring some of my eight grandchildren for a visit at some stage but it would be better for you to combine them with others at the same time. Perhaps I will contact you around school holiday time.
    The idea to make it a park with machinery as you mentioned would be a great asset for Newcastle.
    Thanks again for alll your efforts in preserving the history of Newcastle.

    The opening of the Muster Point was a similar cause for excitement and sadness. Excitement at the thought of seeing a wonderful metal sculpture gracing the landscape in such a majestic style and likened to a cathedral. Sadness because here again is a tombstone that states that "people once worked here - where have they gone?" I would like to see a new sort of memorial become part of Australian working community culture. Rather than erecting monuments that are really 'gravestones for remembrance', we should get into the habit of erecting them while we live and work together and link the community into it as well. This is a binding mechanism that reconnects people toward their communities and industries and prevents the loss of hope and desperate detachment that many people feel today towards their regional communites.

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    Pasminco / Sulphide Corporation  View Printable Version  
    Friday, November 19 2010 @ 08:29 AM
    Contributed by: aub

    Hi Everyone,

    My name's Andrew, I worked on the former sulphide site in 2004-5 capping the slag piles with plastic. I remember a lady taking photo's of pretty much the entire plant shortly before the structural demolition commenced, I was told they were for historical purposes but can't remember if she represented NIHA? Ross from Pasminco took a few of us on a brief walk through the plant (which was fascinating) but I didn't have a camera with me.

    My primary reason for working on the site was simply to have a look inside the place and see how it all worked. I had always loved looking at the place in awe from the carpark since i was a young boy.

    I'm wondering if anyone might have some pictures from inside the plant that you might be prepared to share with me for private viewing? or is there anywhere that I might be able to view or purchase the pictures that the lady took? (must have been hundreds of them taken) Maybe you might be the person i'm referring to?

    I'm especially interested in the Acid plant, Sinter shed and Lead/Zinc refineries.

    I ceased working on the site and moved to Melbourne about the time the wrecking machines went to work, so any demolition pic's of the place would be very interesting also...

    My only momento from the Sulphide works is one of the pushbikes that were used around the place by the workers, I still ride the thing - complete with it's crust of grey residue. Does anyone else have one too??

    Any assistance and/or feedback regarding my search for any pictures from inside the place would be very much appreciated.

    Thanks for your time reading this post...

    Kind Regards,


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    10 year event to commemorate closure of the steelworks  View Printable Version  
    Sunday, January 24 2010 @ 08:20 PM
    Contributed by: bobcook

    10 Year Anniversary of Closure of Newcastle Steelworks from bob cook on Vimeo.

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    NBN TV News on 2 events to remember 10 years since the steelworks closed  View Printable Version  
    Saturday, October 17 2009 @ 10:55 PM
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    NBN TV News on reunion 09 from bob cook on Vimeo.

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    Newcastle Steelworks in the early days.  View Printable Version  
    Wednesday, October 07 2009 @ 09:27 PM
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    Steelmaking at Newcastle 1918-1927 from bob cook on Vimeo.

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