BHP Closure 20 Years On

Filed under Community, Event & Venue, Heritage & Historical, News ~ by Press on  25 Sep 2019

Twenty years since the closure of BHP means it’s time to remember how that industry shaped the city and region.

The dismantling of Newcastle’s lifeblood ~ Murray McKean, Steel Life number 14, 2001

Monday 30 September 2019 is the 20-year anniversary and a series of events will be held to mark this time in our history.

1. Steel Life is an exhibition of photographs by Murray McKean from 24 September to 19

Pictorialist photographer Harold Cazneaux (1878 – 1953) was commissioned by BHP to photograph their steelwork plants throughout Australia in 1934. Almost a century later, In 1999, Murray McKean’s photographs showed the site post closure in a state of ruin.

Detritus from the steelworks is sprawled across the landscape in a kind of wreckage that documents the monumental scale and emotion of that time in Newcastle’s history.

2. Steelworkers Reunion at 12:30pm on 28 September at Carrington Bowling Club. All Brambles, OneSteel, Rylands, Comsteel, Tubemakers, contractors, and their partners, are invited.

3. Open days with tours at Muster Point and Delprat’s Cottage on September 29 and 30, from 10am to 3pm. The Muster Point,Memorial,and Delprat’s Cottage, weillbe open for inspection.

Parking and assembly point is Selwyn Street, Mayfield opposite the old Computer Centre. A bus will take visitors to Delprat’s Cottage.

Everyone is welcome.

4. Twenty-year commemorative ceremony and cake cutting at 11am, 30 September, at
Muster Point, by Lance Hockridge (Steelworks General Manager at Closure). Many retired senior management and employees will be in attendance.

For more information visit Newcastle Industrial Heritage Association website.

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