Ipswich-Rosewood Coalminers Memorial

Rotary International

The Ipswich Rosewood Coalminers Memorial Trust has been greatly assisted by members of the following Rotary Clubs who have provided administrative, financial management and legal support and advice to the project.


The concept and design is the creation of bureau^proberts Architects.


The wall and columns are contained within a plain and unadorned concrete platform that represents the plain earth of the mining surface. Evident in the platform are two formed concrete 'fault lines'. These 'fault lines' have directional information alongside them and are aligned to the bearings of the faults that created the land formations and seams of the Ipswich Rosewood coal mining region.


The focal point of the memorial is the 'Ipswich' and 'Rosewood' stratigraphic columns. These sit centrally in the platform and are aligned to the 'fault lines'. The columns are made from concrete of varying texture and colour which take on the appearance of the stratigraphic projections which were created by the Queensland government and used widely in the industry for exploration and calculations. Prominent on these columns are bands of black polished concrete which represent the coal seams that provided such a rich resource for the area. These black seams are lit at night to highlight their importance and create visibility and impact from afar.

Torch Holes


The backdrop to the columns is a 20 metre long metal wall. The wall displays the details of each man and boy who was killed whilst working in a mine in the Ipswich Rosewood mining region. Each person is represented by a round 'torch hole' cut through the wall and their name, age, location of incident and date of passing are etched alongside. The holes are spread along the wall chronologically from left to right which results in a full depiction of the scale of lives lost during the Ipswich Rosewood coalmining era.

The 'torch holes' are backlit to represent the ubiquitous miner's lamp and the light colour changes subtly at various stages along the wall to represent the changes in technology and lighting sources used for torches over time. Also the lower part of the metal wall is etched with images of topographic sections of the region. The wall represents both the personal details of the miners and the geological information of the regions in which they were lost.

St Barbara

At the end of the metal wall is a monolithic concrete blade which is lightly etched with an image of St Barbara. St Barbara is the patron saint of mining.