Top achievers set down in history
THEY didn’t have to go to the bottom of the world to unearth a hit list for Burrum’s hall of fame but the district’s rich mining history played its part.
Thirteen of Burrum’s finest one-time residents, including former Australian Prime Minister Andrew Fisher, were honoured yesterday as the Burrum Walk of Achievers took its first steps.
Howard’s CWA Hall was packed to the rafters as Fraser Coast historians Margaret Wroe and Marlene Wilson read from the roll of honour, prompting descendants to raise their hands and proudly announce their family links.
Each of the 13 was honoured with a plaque on a steel planter box which had its origins in Burgowan mine number 12, the place that became the resting place for the old tools and equipment as time was called on Burrum’s mining boom in the mid-’80s. The planter boxes are in the shape of the coal buckets used in the Burrum mines and will now take pride of place around Howard, replacing old boxes that were beyond restoration.
The people honoured were Dame Annabelle Rankin, George Hoffman, John and Robert Miller, Henry Smith, Eric Harris, Andrew Fisher, Rankin Family, Hazel Keene, James Robertson, Matthew Walker, the Steley family, Cecil Znidersic and Edward Stafford.
Ms Wroe said it had been difficult to decide which residents to honour because Burrum was home to so many achievers. The final selection includes Torbanlea, Howard, Toogoom and Burrum Heads people.