Coalminers memorial unveiled

19 October 2015

The legacy of local coalminers will forever be remembered following Saturday’s unveiling of the Ipswich Rosewood Coalminers Memorial made possible by funding from New Hope Group and other donors.

The memorial recognises the ultimate sacrifice made by 186 coalminers who lost their lives working in the Ipswich and Rosewood coalmines and pays tribute to the influential role the mining industry has played in the local area since 1843.

Secretary of the Ipswich Rosewood Coalminers Memorial Trust John Walker said support from the New Hope Group was critical in getting the first stage of the memorial underway.

“New Hope got on board with the memorial from the early stages and we are very thankful they have been so generous with their support,” he said.

New Hope’s Chief Operating Officer Bruce Denney said the memorial was a meaningful way to remember the local coalminers and preserve the heritage of the mining industry that supported the local economy for so many years.

“Many of these miners have never been formally recognised for their sacrifice and New Hope, as the last remaining coal miner in the area, is proud to support the Trust in providing such an important place for their families and the local community,” he said.