The harvesting of our forests since our country was first settled, to provide land, shelter, furniture and livestock fencing, perhaps makes the timber industry one of this country’s oldest continuous means of employment. From manpower, axe and saw, bullock and horse teams, steam train, truck and machine the timber industry has now moved into the computer age.
With this technology, the operation of sawmills, machines, trucks and the work carried out in the forests, many hazards have been reduced, but a great awareness of the dangerous industry that they work in, must be observed by all workers, and they must always be alert.
Because of the many fatalities that have occurred throughout the years, with many occurring in the local Eden area, the Community of Eden made the decision to establish a Memorial to commemorate those timber workers throughout Australia, fatally injured on the job.
The Memorial Wall
The Memorial site set within the park has a life-size statue of two workers, one of whom is giving assistance to his injured mate, symbolising the mateship and compassion of our bush workers.
The statue, commissioned to the late Mr Rix Wright of Delegate NSW, has been named ‘The Hand of Fate’.
Within the circle of the centrepiece is a wall that contains the names of individual workers, together with six wooden bollards containing plaques relating local Eden history.
As of August 2020 there were 132 plaques on the Memorial Wall representing timber workers from Queensland through to Tasmania.
Building the Memorial
The Memorial has been developed through generous donations, local volunteer workers, and a Grant from the Federal Government.