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black and white photograph

From the Collection of Orbost & District Historical Society Ruskin Street Orbost Victoria

A black / white photograph mounted on a soiled grey buff card. It shows a man standing bin front of a large vertical slab of marble.
H-266mm W-137mm
Object Registration
buchan-marble shrine-of-remembrance-melbourne south-buchan-quarries
Historical information
In the early 1900s black marble was being mined in the Bruthen district. Some was used for the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne and Australia House in London. 900 tonnes were shipped to London to be included in the construction of Australia House.
This photograph shows the last 120 ton slab to be used to complete the sixteen dark Buchan marble Ionic columns in the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne. The Shrine of Remembrance was created to meet the needs of a grieving community after the extensive loss of lives in the First World War (1914 –18).
When Made
early 1900s
Marble quarrying has been a significant part of the history of Buchan in East Gippsland. Its inclusion in the Shrine of Remembrance War Memorial is noteworthy.
Inscriptions & Markings
on front - " 120 tons in this piece. The final 6 columns for the Shrine of Remembrance were cut from it."
Last updated
7 Feb 2019 at 12:16PM