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    100th Anniversary of BHP establishing steelmaking in Newcastle  View Printable Version  
    Friday, May 22 2015 @ 06:56 AM
    Contributed by: aub

    All Hunter residents, especially former BHP Newcastle steelworks’ workers and their families, are able to attend an event to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the steelworks’ official opening on Tuesday June 2, 2015 at 10am thanks to the support of local business

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    Newcastle Steelworkers Memorial  View Printable Version  
    Saturday, December 06 2014 @ 12:20 PM
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    GeneralArtist Blacksmith Will Maguire has commenced fabrication of components of the memorial to open in June 2015.

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    2014 NSW Government Heritage Volunteer of the Year Award.  View Printable Version  
    Friday, July 04 2014 @ 12:04 AM
    Contributed by: aub

    2014 NSW Government Heritage Volunteer of the Year Award.
    Today I had the great honour of presenting Aubrey Brooks with a 2014 NSW Government Heritage Volunteer of the Year Award.

    Aubrey’s employment at BHP Newcastle began in 1961, when he started off working as a rivet cook at the wagon shop following a family tradition that would eventually span some 125 years and three generations.

    Aubrey worked at BHP Newcastle for over 38 years, and his passion for the organisation’s position in Newcastle’s history has remained many years on.

    However, as remarkable as Aubrey’s service to BHP was during his time of employment at the Newcastle plant, it has perhaps been his activities since the plant’s closure, where he has made his greatest contribution.

    Since then, Aubrey has dedicated his time and efforts to ensure that the people of the Hunter and further afield are made aware of the personal stories of those men and women who worked at BHP Newcastle, conducting in excess of 70 Remember BHP Guest Speaking Presentations and Muster Point tours, to community groups both locally and from afar.

    Aubrey is passionate about making the general public aware of the personal side of the men and women who gave service to BHP and created a unique bond of mateship whilst working at the plant.

    In many instances, this bond has continued for many years after BHP Newcastle’s closure, as evidenced by the many who attend the annual “Men and Women of Steel” reunions he organises.

    These reunions have helped keep alive the spirit of camaraderie that existed amongst employees, some of whom have struggled to find a new direction since the plants’ closure.

    In his role as Vice President of the Newcastle Industrial Heritage Association, Aubrey has assisted raise in excess of $60,000 for a BHP Newcastle Muster Point Memorial.

    The passion with which Aubrey dedicates himself to educating the community about BHP Newcastle and the people who worked there, and of a city that has moved away from its industrial past is I believe, truly worthy of recognition and I congratulate him on receiving this prestigious honour.
    Tim Owen Member for Newcastle.

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    STEELWORKERS MEMORIAL  View Printable Version  
    Wednesday, April 02 2014 @ 10:24 PM
    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

    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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    Hunter United Credit Union turning 50 this year.  View Printable Version  
    Sunday, January 13 2013 @ 04:57 PM
    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,


    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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