Annual Memorial Service

AVA holds its annual memorial service at Salisbury as so many local people worked at the James Hardie factory at Elizabeth West and were subsequently diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease.

The factory was officially opened by the Premier, Sir Thomas Playford, in 1962. It made asbestos cement pipes, mainly for PMG and E&WS. The factory operated 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In addition there were administration offices, a workshop and testing area.

Conditions there would not be tolerated today: asbestos dust on the floor, ledges and all horizontal surfaces. Workers were covered in the dust; it was on their clothes, skin and hair. As a result many have developed asbestos diseases including asbestosis or mesothelioma.