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    The anonymous Heironymous

    by iandsmith Updated Jun 30, 2013

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    It's easy to blame Heironymous Salvator Lopez von Pereira for Broken Hill, but it's easier to blame Charles Rasp, the name he eventually adopted after an extraordinary history where this qualified edible oil technologist from a background of Portuguese aristocracy, though born in Germany, deserted the army during the Franco-Prussian war and headed south because of lung problems, and you couldn't get much further away from Europe in those days than outback Australia. Some things haven't changed.
    As a boundary rider and armed with a copy of the "Prospector's Guide" purchased in Adelaide he often passed "The Hill of Mullock" in the late 19th century and, on a fortuitous day in Australian history (5/9/1883) he and two others pegged out a lease on what was to become commonly known as Broken Hill. A syndicate of seven was formed but some sold their share but, in less than two years silver chloride was recovered assaying at thousands of ounces to the ton. The rest, as they say, is history and worth reading if you ever have the time.
    Today the results of all the diggings are there for all two see, just two blocks from the main street, as shown in these pictures, the second of which features an outrageously sited new memorial and restaurant called, appropriately, Broken Earth.

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    In the lakes - Menindee

    by iandsmith Updated Jun 29, 2013

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    This is an area flooded to bring water to the outback.
    The result is a strange place where sea eagles rule, fish thrive and lizards abound.
    WIldlife, attracted by the water, are in abundance. It is well worth a look if you are into nature, fishing or just want to see something unique.
    Menindee Lakes has a tour operator, a general store and a local pub, just the thing for a day out.
    See also my new tip in favourites for more sunrise and sunset shots.

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    THE TOWN HALL

    by balhannah Updated Jun 1, 2012

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    What a stunning Town Hall, was what I was thinking as I was busy taking photos.

    Then a "local" came along and starting telling me about it.
    What I didn't know, it was just the facade, the rest had been demolished and I hadn't realized that!

    Evidently, the towns people kicked up such a fuss about destroying the historic building, that they didn't demolish the lot, thank goodness for that!

    So the story goes that on May 3,1889, it was decided to build a Town Hall and it was to include accommodation for the Fire Brigade, plus a 75ft. tower which still stands as a lookout tower for the Fire Brigade.
    Before 5,000 people in 1890, the Premier Sir Henry Parkes laid the white marble foundation stone.
    In May, 1974, demolishment of the rear portion of Town Hall commenced. The facade stands as is.

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    WAR MEMORIAL

    by balhannah Updated Jun 1, 2012

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    There are three war memorials standing on the corner of Argent and Sulphide Streets.
    Every Anzac Day hundreds of Broken Hill locals gather at The Cenotaph to honour their returned service men and women and to remember those who have lost their lives.
    The World War I Memorial was erected in the 1920's, the second memorial dedicated to many conflicts was erected in 1978 and the Vietnam War Memorial was erected in 2004.

    The sculpture of a young soldier that stands atop the World War I Memorial, is one of the best!

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    LIVING DESERT - THE FAUNA

    by balhannah Written Jun 1, 2012

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    As said in previous tip, we arrived by car and parked in the car-park.
    Being a little warm, we headed under the shade to the picnic tables where we had a drink before starting our walk.
    As we walked back to the Car, I noticed about 8 Emus, a family with chicks not fully grown. They were grazing infront of the parked cars. We watched them, then did our walk, on which we saw a different Lizard, then came back to the car-park to find a Kangaroo hopping around.
    Seems like there might be a bit of wildlife here, more so at dusk and dawn.
    Always good to see the animals in the wild!

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    CEMETERY WALK

    by balhannah Written Jun 1, 2012

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    Broken Hill's cemetery is very large, and actually is located on both sides of a busy highway.

    I find cemeteries very interesting, but was rather surprised to find at the info centre an actual pamphlet named "The Broken Hill cemetery walk."

    The Cemetery replaces the orignal one that became too small after a typhoid epidemic killed 123 people. The "new" one dates back to 1889, and has a lot of very important people buried here.

    You were meant to find out about each individuals grave, sadly, the metal markers have faded very badly and couldn't be read. I also found being such a huge cemetery, it would take a long time to find them all.
    Don't worry if you haven't picked up the pamphlet, there is a container full of them at the cemetery, plus more information on the shelter walls.

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    THE BIG PICTURE

    by balhannah Updated Jun 1, 2012

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    It is described as a "must see," I don't know if I really agree with that. Perhaps, if an overseas visitor, then I would say yes.

    The Big Picture is the world's largest acrylic painting on canvas by a single artist.

    It's almost 100 metres long and 12 metres at its highest point.
    For me, it was OK, but I thought the colours were a bit unreal. The outback painting completely surrounds you, and you walk to a platform in the centre and stand. You are meant to get the feeling of "walking into the outback/walking into the painting," I'm afraid, it didn't have this effect on me.
    A pity, NO PHOTO'S ALLOWED, so all I have are photos from the souvenir shop where this is a big variety of Australian items.

    Located at the Silver City Mint & ARt Centre
    ADMISSION IN 2012..Adults $6

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    MINERS ARM HOTEL

    by balhannah Written Jun 1, 2012

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    The Miners Arms - Beautiful from the outside, beautiful on the inside!
    Standing on a corner site on one of the city's main routes, it appealed to me straight away, it was painted nicely and had low verandahs that you see in the outback.

    Built in 1888 during the mining boom, it was once a rowdy miner's Pub. Since then, a private hospital, art gallery and residence, now the renovated Pub is an upmarket bed and breakfast. Stained glass windows and old wooden floors, this building has been stylishly renovated.

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    NO LONGER A CHURCH!

    by balhannah Written Jun 1, 2012

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    Broken Hill is just like other places in Australia. When a Church is no longer needed, then quite often it is put up for sale or auctiioned.
    After a cheap home, then this is the way of buying one. I have seen the inside of one, and they can be made very nice inside, and attractive outside when they have a nice garden.
    The one in my photo, is in Broken Hill, and would have been an quite an old Church as it is made out of corrugated iron. Now, its a family home.

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    DOLL & BEAR MUSEUM

    by balhannah Updated Jun 1, 2012

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    Also located at White's Mining and Mineral Display is this museum.

    INCLUDED IN THE ONE ADMISSION PRICE FOR THE MUSEUM

    I guess the Mine & Minerals are for the men, and the Dolls and Bears for the Ladies.

    I don't know how many are in the collection, probably 100's!
    I walked down the aisle of the room, where on each side of me was packed with Dolls and Bears from everywhere in the world.
    A good collection, quite interesting for me, as I like to collect Dolls of the World

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    SYNDICATE OF SEVEN

    by balhannah Written Jun 1, 2012

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    Located next to the City Council building, I came across a row of head sculptures. Lucky there was a historic board with the details about these men.
    It turns out they "The Syndicate of Seven' the name given to the original members of the Broken Hill Mining Company formed in 1883, who lodged applications for mining leases along the Line of Lode at Broken Hill.

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    "The members all worked at the remote Mount Gipps Sheep station
    1.George McCulloch (1848 – 1907) – station manager.
    2.Charles Rasp (1846 – 1907) – a boundary rider, who was interested in prospecting, recognised the importance of the site and pegged out the first mining lease.
    3.Philip Charley (1863 – 1937) – a young man learning to be a sheep farmer, employed as a boundary rider.
    4.David James (1854 – 1926) – a contractor employed to sink water tanks and mend fences.
    5.James Poole (1848 – 1924) – an employee of David James.
    6.George Urquhart (1845 – 1915) – a bookkeeper and overseer
    7.George Lind (1861 – 1941) – a storekeeper.

    "Each of the above seven contributing the sum of £70 each"."

    In September 1883 they pegged seven 40-acre blocks, and I guess as they say, "the rest is history!'

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    TRADES HALL

    by balhannah Updated Jun 1, 2012

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    What an impressive building is the Trades Hall (1898-1905). The Trades Hall is one of Broken Hill's most historically important buildings, and one with beautiful architecture.
    It was built and paid for entirely by the people of Broken Hill.
    It has been home of the union movement in Broken Hill since it was built in 1905.





    The Trade Hall was built as the home to the union movement.

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    JACK ABSALOM GALLERY

    by balhannah Written Jun 1, 2012

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    The gallery is known as "BROKEN HILL'S FINEST OUTBACK GALLERY," - I would have to agree.

    Once again, we found the Gallery by following the Brown signed tourist route.

    The Gallery is in Jack Absaloms private home. We walked to the door, rang the bell, and were let inside. As soon as we entered, I was in awe, the paintings are in a room set out in the best possible way for viewing.
    There are big paintings around the wall, and in the centre of the room is an Opal showcase.
    His oil paintings are some of the finest in Australia. He is a very successful artist and has done television shows for the ABC.

    I would recommend you come here, as it is one of the best Galleries in Broken Hill and shouldn't be missed.
    Paintings and opals are for sale, and some other souvenirs.
    Sometimes you may get lucky and meet the "Master" himself! He has been awarded the "order of Australia medal' for his contribution to art and for raising money for charities.

    ENTRY IS FREE
    Photos are allowed.

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    HOUSES IN BROKEN HILL

    by balhannah Written Jun 1, 2012

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    When you first arrive at Broken Hill, you will immediately notice the large number of houses built completely out of corrugated iron.
    In the 1890's, many families lived in tents with flour bags stitched together, if you were a bit richer, then you could afford a corrugated iron shack or cottage with dirt floors, and the few who were wealthy, lived in stone cottages. The biggest majority are the corrugated iron cottages.
    For many women, life was ruled by a strict routine: Monday for washing, Tuesday for ironing, Wednesday for cleaning, Thursday for mending, Friday for shopping, Saturday for cleaning, Sunday for church.
    As we drove around the city, we could see all the types of housing, these days the cottages are being done-up to be used as B&B Cottages.

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    SACRED HEART CATHEDRAL

    by balhannah Updated Jun 1, 2012

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    This Catholic cathedral was opened in 1905 and is one of the most prominent landmarks of Broken Hill.
    It was built during the Federation era in Gothic style with rock faced stone, and is a listed heritage site. It is a beautiful Church to view.
    Once again, the Church door was locked, so no inside view.
    Next door, is the college and the Bishop's residence

    This Church is located on the Brown signposted tourist drive.

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