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  • Newcastle BHP Family History, 1915 to 1999 
     
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    Most residents will remember him best as the public face of the worker, leading the employees of BHP to the exit gates on the day the Newcastle steelworks shut down. Others will recall him on TV promoting the ‘Muster Point,’ a site at Mayfield which preserves the heritage of a time long since gone.  
Recently, he’s been back on TV doing unpaid advertisements for both the Liberal candidate for Newcastle and the Hunter United Credit Union. 
“I’ve been a Labor man all my life, but when Jaimie Abbott showed great interest and support for the ‘Muster Point’ and a proposed memorial, I agreed to be part of her advertisement, he said. “In the case of the Hunter Credit Union, I’ve had an account with them since I was a boy, and I’m a volunteer on their birthday celebrations committee.” 
Now living at Tanilba Bay, Aubrey Brooks spends his retirement years conducting group tours of the ‘Muster Point’ and as a guest speaker promoting Newcastle’s industrial heritage.  
And the future? Who knows:  Reality TV shows ? Masterchef ? perhaps even Hollywood? Only time will tell. 
Photo: Man of steel – Aubrey beside a steelworks montage at his Tanilba Bay home.
     
     
    http://tilligerry.com/pages/main.htm ..... Our Own TV Star ..... Photo by Geoff Walker:

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    Industrial Art Exhibition 2013

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    Industrial Art Exhibition 2013

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    Steel Men...Aub and Myron.

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    Steel Men...Aub and Myron.

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    BHP Training Camp. Bonding with work mates course, Salamanda Bay, Billet Processing and Rail.

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    BHP Loco 57 in the Wagon Shop:

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    Aubrey front row 4 from end..Left to Right:
     
     
    The Wagon Shop 1962

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    Aubrey, 38 years in Wagon and Rail.

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    Sad Day September 1999, Closed:

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    Ribons of Steel, Tool Room:

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    The rare photo is of the BHP's Jordon Spreader  Steam Loco,and Dad's mate Sam, who later left BHP and owned the old Minmi Pub on the hill,
Sam was a well known Cricket Player in the Wallsend area. In America Jordan Spreaders were used for snow plows, the one at BHP was used for spreading railway ballast, they were operated by steam and later compressed air supplied by the loco.
     
     
    Dad's mate Sam... Sam worked with Dad at the Plate Finishing Mill and then the Wagon Shop in early 1960 as a Wagon Repairer.

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    All the Best to the "Men and Women of Steel"of WA. Ore was shipped by rail to Kwinana, near Perth, to supply BHP blast furnace. The closure of the Kwinana Blast Furnace was in 1982 ... Perth Western Australia, March 2012

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    Photo Board credit to NIHA member Steve Ford
     
     


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