Tribute to fallen miners given financial boost
A memorial to honour all Ipswich and Rosewood coalminers who lost their lives is one step closer to reality thanks to a donation from Queenslanders Credit Union.
The $5,000 contribution will help to build a place for reflection of the role of the men and boys, and their families, in the evolution of the underground coal industry in the region.
Queenslanders CEO and Ipswich resident John Weier said he recognised the important role that coal mining had played in forming the backbone of the Ipswich community for generations.
“The industry really served to develop not only the local region, but also greater Queensland at critical times in history,” Mr Weier said.
“This has special significance for our members, as we were originally founded in Ipswich as the Queensland Coal Mining Industry Credit Co-operative in 1965.
“Though we have been through several mergers and name changes over the years, Queenslanders Credit Union has a proud history of helping our members in this sector.
“We are pleased to support this memorial that not only honours the contribution made by the coal miners, but importantly commemorates those who lost their lives in carrying out their roles.”
Ipswich Rosewood Coalminers Memorial Trust Chairman Beres Evans said the idea to build this memorial started with a group of retired mineworkers.
“We wanted a permanent tribute to the 185 men and boys who are known to have died in the coalfields since mining commenced at Redbank in 1843,” Mr Evans said.
“The main message the memorial will convey is the scale of the sacrifice this community has made in losing so many lives in a peace time industry that provided stability and prosperity for many.”
The memorial will be erected at Limestone Park, above the faults and seams that provided the plentiful coal.
The focal point will be two columns showing the coal measures of each region, set against the backdrop of a 20 metre bronze wall.
The name of each person who died in the mines will be etched in the wall and illuminated by a circle that will light up at night.
The Trust is seeking support from the Rosewood and Ipswich community and donations can be made at any branch of Queenslanders Credit Union or online at coalminersmemorial.com.au.
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