Memorials

The National Timber Workers Memorial

 

NATIONAL TIMBER WORKERS MEMORIAL

A community group committed to honouring the many local timber workers fatally injured on the job.

Secretary: Marie Slater PO Box 247 Eden, NSW 2551

www.timberworkers.webhive.com.au

The National Timber Workers Memorial was officially dedicated on 7 June, 2008. Its plaques remember timber workers from all over Australia who were killed while at work. The memorial is situated in the heart of Eden, in Wellings Park, bounded by Stanley Street and Mitchell Street, a short distance south from Eden town centre.  

This emotional project was initiated by the mother of Geoffrey Munday after his death in 2001 following a tree-felling accident. The Axeman’s Association, along with an Eden community-based steering group formed in 2002 to start work on this project. The Memorial was developed through generous donations, local volunteer workers, and a Grant from the Federal Government. 

It incorporates a life sized statue of a timber worker (by sculptor Rix Wright) giving assistance to his injured mate, symbolising the mateship and compassion of our bush workers, together with a memorial wall on which the fatally injured workers are honoured by individual brass plaques. 

Four bas reliefs which depict the work practices of the timber industry are also incorporated in the wall. 

This emotional project was initiated by the mother of Geoffrey Munday after his death in 2001 following a tree-felling accident. The Axeman’s Association, along with an Eden community-based steering group formed in 2002 to start work on this project. The Memorial was developed through generous donations, local volunteer workers, and a Grant from the Federal Government. 

It incorporates a life sized statue of a timber worker (by sculptor Rix Wright) giving assistance to his injured mate, symbolising the mateship and compassion of our bush workers, together with a memorial wall on which the fatally injured workers are honoured by individual brass plaques. 

Four bas reliefs which depict the work practices of the timber industry are also incorporated in the wall. 

This emotional project was initiated by the mother of Geoffrey Munday after his death in 2001 following a tree-felling accident. The Axeman’s Association, along with an Eden community-based steering group formed in 2002 to start work on this project. The Memorial was developed through generous donations, local volunteer workers, and a Grant from the Federal Government. 

It incorporates a life sized statue of a timber worker (by sculptor Rix Wright) giving assistance to his injured mate, symbolising the mateship and compassion of our bush workers, together with a memorial wall on which the fatally injured workers are honoured by individual brass plaques. 

Four bas reliefs which depict the work practices of the timber industry are also incorporated in the wall. 

While the risks inherent in this industry may have been greatly reduced since we moved into the computer age from that of axe, saw bullock team and steam train, our timber workers still must always be alert to ever present danger. 

The establishment of this Memorial to commemorate the many timber workers fatally injured throughout Australia has been made possible by the commitment and support of the local community and businesses as well as the families of the workers killed, together with funding from the Australian Government. 

Details of those remembered on this memorial can be found at the community walk Timber Workers Memorial.

Eden War Memorial

Overlooking the ocean Eden’s War Memorial is located in RSL Park in Calle Calle Street.

On one side is the WW1 Memorial, listing Eden and District men who served on continuous full time war service in The Great War and on the other is the WW2 & Vietnam memorial. Also remembered are Eden volunteers for the US Army Service of Supply and U.S. Army pilots from the 8th Squadron 49th Fighter Group.

Seamen’s Memorial

This memorial is located in Rotary Park near Lookout Point at the end of Imlay Street, Eden.

It was erected by the people of Eden following the loss of the trawler ‘Shiralee’ with all hands on 10th August, 1978, as a memorial to all seamen who have sailed from the Port of Eden and have been lost to the sea with their bodies never recovered. 

The names of 24 unfortunate souls are displayed on plaques on the wall and within the nearby circular garden. Two of the plaques tragically bear two names, both fathers and sons, who were lost to the sea on separate occasions.