A PLAQUE has been installed at the Port of Portland’s administrative offices in memory of a worker who was killed during the port’s construction in 1958.
Cornelis van Duren, a Dutch migrant, was killed when he was hit by a large boulder that had rolled down a slope of the port quarry near Cape Sir William Grant.
Mr van Duren’s daughter Ingrid Hastie, her husband Wayne and daughter Justine travelled from Albany (Western Australia) to attend a commemorative service and the plaque unveiling at the port last Thursday afternoon.
Mrs Hastie’s sister, Karin van der Mey lives in Holland and was unable to attend the service.
“Dad brought the family to Australia in 1952 and we ended up living at St Helens near Yambuk, but there wasn’t much money coming in, so he hitchhiked to Portland which was a dangerous thing to do in those days and found a job at the port,” Mrs Hastie said.
Read the full story in Monday’s Portland Observer.