The Big Miner

The Big Miner stands as a tribute to the tens of thousands of gold prospectors who frequented regional Victoria during the second half of the nineteenth century.

The statue stands 8 meters tall (6 meters of statue on a 2 metre base). It has been hand sculptured from polystyrene and has a 1.5 ton steel frame. The 2 metre high concrete base is approximately 15 tons.

It was designed by Wayne Johnston of 3D Theme Concepts and sculptured by Steve Bristow.

Ballarat Mayor, David Vendy, officially unveiled the statue on December 1st 2006.

Newspaper Articles

“Looking ‘fore-ward’ to a very bright future”
– Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007

“Centre rises from ashes”
– Tuesday, 21st November, 2006

“Heartbreak – Fire engulfs tourist park”
– Wednesday, November 1st, 2006

“Final touches put on mini-golf park”
– Saturday, October 14th, 2006

Ballarat icon in mini-golf plan – The Big Miner
– Friday, May 7th, 2004