THE NATIONAL TIMBER WORKERS MEMORIAL
The National Timber Workers Memorial stands in the heart of
Eden on the south coast of New South Wales. It honours those
timber workers who have lost their lives in forests and was a
project started by The Axeman’s Association in 2002.
The centrepiece of the memorial, a sculpture titled “Hand of
Fate” by the late Rix Wright of Delegate, depicts a man helping
an injured timber worker. A memorial wall with workers’ names
on brass plaques, six timber bollards with local timber industry
history on plaques, and a timber entrance made from the old
Tarraganda Bridge at Bega all mark this park a special place for
the forestry industry.
LEAVING THEIR MARK
As forests regenerate, they often erase all previous evidence of disturbance. But
other times they reveal old stories such as that of forestry worker, Neville Kedzlie,
who carved his initials in this stump in the Dorrigo district after felling it in the 1940s.
The stump also bears the scars from the deep board notches used by Kedzlie to climb
and balance while chopping through the trunk. The new growth, ferns and moss are
reclaiming the forest after the toil from years gone past, and one day Kedzlie’s mark
will be gone forever.