Genial, Generous and Just

Monument to Charles Harper

While we were on holiday in Bundeena we went through a place called Helensburgh where we stopped for lunch. In the park was a memorial to one Charles Harper, a mine manager. As epitaphs go, I thought it was a pretty good one – Genial, Generous and Just.

Interestingly, the memorial was erected by the miners who worked for him. In a time of exploitation of labour this says something in and of itself.

Charlie Harper must have been a good bloke.

CHARLES HARPER

ACCIDENTALLY KILLED

4TH AUGUST 1888

AT HIS POST OF DUTY

AS MANAGER

OF THE

METROPOLITAN COAL COMPANY’S COLLIERY

HELENSBURGH

AGED 53 YEARS

GENIAL, GENEROUS AND JUST

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