MORUYA GRANITE ARTICLES

Moruya Granite (Moruya Tonalite) is best known for the Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylons, but many Sydney buildings and monuments feature the Granite.
Below is a selection of articles and stories in pdf format relating to Moruya Granite, the quarries and the people who worked them.

We also have the following publications for sale Not Forgotten. Memorials in Granite by Christine Greig, Granitetown Memories by Ruth Webberley
and Moruya's Golden Years by Aubrey Vernon (Bob) Colefax

Title Pdf Size
Set in Stone by Shirley Jurmann
This article concentrates on the Louttit and Zeigler quarries from which granite was used for the columns of the Sydney GPO as well as many other buildings and monuments.
1.2MB
Moruya's Scottish Connections by Bill Glennie
This article gives an insight into the research techniques of a historian as Bill attempts to trace more details on Moruya's Scottish masons who were brought out to work the quarry for the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge pylons.
847KB
Moruya's Golden Years About to Begin by Shirley Jurmann
Moruya Granite is chosen for the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
50KB
The Quarry Apprentice by Bill Glennie
Reg Saunders was an apprentice mason at the quarry for 2 and a half years. His recollections provide the bases for these articles
9.3MB
The Working Quarry by Bill Glennie.
These articles continue on from the Quarry Apprentice and discuss the processes used to quarry and finish the Granite, included are group photographs of the quarry workers.
2.9MB
The Quarry Italians by Bill Glennie
The Italians after the Scots were the largest contingent of masons employed at the Quarry.
6.4MB
Granitetown Public School by Bill Glennie
The village provided for the quarry workers and their families was known as Granitetown.
4.6KB
The Rise and Fall of Granitetown by Bill Glennie
This article is a series of transcripts of reference to Granitetown found in the Moruya Examiner newspaper.
557KB
Transcript of two letters from the Sydney Mail Newspaper.
Letters describe Granitetown.
71KB
Stanley Purvis by Bill Glennie.
Stanley Purvis was the Quarry engineer from January 1927 to February 1929
2.1MB
Always take a second look by Bill Glennie
This is the story of the foundation stones of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
327KB
Sam Pringle's Cottage by Aubrey Vernon (Bob) Colefax
The last of the Granitetown cottages to be sold off.
226KB
The Cenotaph by Bill Glennie
The large stone forming the base of the Cenotaph in Martin Place Sydney is Moruya Granite.
985KB
Materials used in the Sydney Harbour Bridge Construction by J.J.C. Bradfied.
Transcript of an article published in "Border Watch" 14th January 1928
67KB
John Young by Shirley Jurmann
John Young leased the Louttit quarry in 1868.
120KB
The McCredie Quarry by Shirley Jurmann
The McCredies purchased 3 acres of the Zeigler Quarry when they were engaged for the second half of the Sydney GPO building.
200KB
Moruya Pilot Station Log and Granite
Extracts fom the Log dealing with the Quarry or Granite. Spelling and abbreviations are as they appear in the Log.
50KB
Memorials Pylons Granite by Bill Glennie 1.1KB
First Attempts to tame Moruya River by John Sewell509KB


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Last updated 3rd June 2017.