A fitting tribute to lives lost
ARCHITECT Liam Proberts has released artist's impression of the Ipswich Rosewood Coal Miners Memorial he envisages will be built in Limestone Park.
The memorial, which consists of two pylons and a bronze 20m wall bearing the names of those who have died in Ipswich's mines, should be unveiled in December.
Mr Proberts finalised his concept after conversations with former miners.
His firm, Bureau & Proberts, are no strangers to designing touching and spectacular monuments. They designed the National Police Memorial in Canberra and the Kaust Beacon for King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.
"The committee approached me with the idea of a memorial and because we have been involved in a couple of memorial projects before I offered to try and convey their thoughts into a design to start generating some ideas of how it might come together," Mr Proberts said.
"When we were doing that, a few things became apparent. The first thing was there are a lot of people in the Ipswich community who lost their lives.
"It is really significant and needs to be remembered."
The two pylons representing stratigraphic images taken from the Ipswich and Rosewood coal- fields will be made up of different types of cement, to indicate the differing layers of sediment beneath the ground.
The largest coal seam in Ipswich reached a depth of more than 2.5 kilometres, while the seams in Rosewood varied The 9m tall pylon represents the Ipswich fields while the shorter pylon represents the Rosewood coalfields, known for their smaller seams.
Trustee Beres Evans said once they saw the design they agreed it was a fitting tribute.
"It was absolutely beyond all of our thoughts. We were a bunch of miners. We were looking at a brick wall with a couple of names on it," he said.
Donations can be made at coalminersmemorial.com.au.