Tributes are flowing in for local mining identity George Grant.
George was the popular former mining manager of Darkes Forest Colliery, which was linked to Coal Cliff Colliery.
George was also a manager at South Bulli Colliery.
Here’s a copy of his obituary following his recent funeral in Wollongong thanks to the Mineral Heritage Subcommittee oft the AusIMM Illawarra Branch.
“George Grant was born into a coal mining family at Cessnock in 1935. With that background, George held an excellent rapport with miners at the collieries he managed. In particular, he knew each of the several hundred mine employees by their first name and their sporting interests. An example of the high regard that miners held for him is expressed in a letter to the editor of the local newspaper, from the former head of the miners’ union in the southern district. His letter states: ‘the Australian coal industry lost a genuine champion with the passing last week of George Grant’.
George described himself as the only member of his family to ‘cross the tracks’ into mine management. His career in the mining industry included his appointments as mine manager of Angus Place Colliery in the western coalfield, Darkes Forest Colliery in the southern coalfield, Superintendent of all collieries in the Burragorang Valley and Chair of the Southern Mines Rescue Station Committee.
His work enabled him to travel to places such as Indonesia, South Africa, the USA, the UK, Japan, China, Russia and Germany.
His extensive experience in the coal mining industry proved a boon to the Illawarra Branch’s Mineral Heritage Subcommittee, when he became a member. The Mineral Heritage Subcommittee was established in 1987 to research and record the history and heritage of the minerals industry in the Illawarra and surrounding areas. The work of the Subcommittee includes publishing several books on coal mining history and the production of the DVD Beneath Black Skies, an industrial and social history of coal mining. (www.beneathblackskies.com.au)
George was a man of integrity who was trustworthy and dependable. He was a family-oriented person and he and his wife Elaine were blessed with three children and six grandchildren.
Perhaps George’s greatest legacy is the high regard in which he is held by the mining industry. He will be greatly missed by the Mineral Heritage Subcommittee and we are grateful for the years shared with him.”