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Managers dedicated in mineral art

Thursday, 19th May, 2011

GIFT: Mineral artist Laurie Pace with some of his portraits of mine managers at his gallery in Wilson Street. GIFT: Mineral artist Laurie Pace with some of his portraits of mine managers at his gallery in Wilson Street.

By Kurtis Eichler

After 21 years working underground, Laurie Pace is dedicating 26 mineral art works to the mine managers who have led the city's mines.

The mineral artist gave the works to City Council's Albert Kersten Mining and Mineral Museum in Crystal Street and hoped they would be seen by the visitors coming here for the Resources and Energy Symposium.

Mr Pace said he worked under three of the 23 bosses he had shown at his gallery in Wilson Street. The pictures would be hung at the museum on Monday.

"It took me about three years to do the 23 of them," he told the BDT.

However to complete the collection, Mr Pace needed information and photos of the Zinc Mine's Brian Drew and Pasminco's Ian Smith and Mark Hines.

"It wasn't a very easy task to do them. They do not have a lot of information on mine managers," Mr Pace said

He fondly remembered one manager, George Connor, from the Zinc-NBHC mine.

"He was easy to get along with. He was an army major and they used to call him Ugg."

Mr Pace asked City Council's General Manager, Frank Zaknich, if Council would accept the donation and his offer was "gratefully received", he said.

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