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    HOWARD STEER ART GALLERY

    by balhannah Written Jun 1, 2012

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    We had quite a hard time finding this Gallery. It is in a private home, and isn't signposted the best.
    We walked in through the garden and found some people sitting on the back gallery. They pointed to the shed, so we walked inside and had a look. The style of painting looked similar to Pro Harts.
    I found there are quite a few artists in Broken Hill who paint like this. As we walked out, somebody said, thanks, and that was it. Can't say I was very impressed.

    Wiliam Steer Gallery
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    LINE OF LODE RESTAURANT & VIEWPOINT

    by balhannah Written Jun 1, 2012

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    To get to the Line of Lode, we drove by Car up the Slag heap to the top. The road is part of the Brown signed tourist route.
    There is plenty of FREE parking. From here, we walked across to see the views over the city. These were great!
    The new Restaurant is here, so we went inside to have a look. The views from where you dine are wonderful.

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    LINE OF LODE MEMORIAL

    by balhannah Updated Jun 1, 2012

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    Line of Lode Miner's Memorial is a new attraction in Broken.
    It is a lookout and memorial at the top of the mullock heap that stands beside the city.

    The memorial to the 800 or more miners is to those who lost their lives working along the Line of Lode. It was quite sad reading the memorials, how young and awfully they died while working in the mines.
    The building itself represents the underground lives of the miners, the dampness, claustrophobic underground environment of where these miners worked and died. Most of the memorial plaques had flowers pinned to them.
    The views over Broken Hill are spectacular and there is a cafe and souvenir shop.

    OPEN....
    10am to 10pm every day (closed Sundays from December to March)

    ADMISSION......Adults $4
    Walk inside the Restaurant building and past the Restaurant to the gift shop. This is where you buy your tickets, and pass through the gate, and follow the wooden pathway to the Line of Lode Memorial.

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    HEROES, LARRIKINS & VISIONERIES WALK

    by balhannah Written Jun 1, 2012

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    At the Tourist information centre, I picked up this pamphlet. It is a self-guided walk through the town centre that takes about an hour to do 1.7km.
    I walked some of it, not all through lack of time.
    It begins at the City Square. What you look for, is the stainless steel plaques with names and information on famous/important people in Broken Hill.
    I found it very interesting.
    You can read about some of the people from the photos.

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    CITY SQUARE

    by balhannah Updated Jun 1, 2012

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    The city square is located between Argent street and Crystal street. I walked through here to the Railway station.
    It has a memorial for the women who have stood behind their men, it stands facing Argent street.
    Behind this memorial, is the park, and there is a band stand for open air performances.
    There was plenty of seating and workers were here enjoying the sunshine.

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    TRAIN MURALS

    by balhannah Written Jun 1, 2012

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    After walking through the town park, I walked across Crystal street to the railway station. The station was originally built in 1888 to service the mining town but today makes a good stop-off for visitors wanting to see Broken Hill. The main attraction at the station is the two murals of steam trains bursting through the station walls, wow! they were good!

    I'm glad I saw them!

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    WALK ARGENT STREET

    by balhannah Updated Jun 1, 2012

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    A walk along historic Argent street is the best way to see the old buildings.

    One that came to my attention, was the Silver City Workingmens club, housed in an old building with lacework verandahs. Located on the wall was quite a good mural of the Miners at work.
    Located across the road, was the historic Kidman building, once a Butcher's shop, and still is, only more upmarket as it now sells gourmet meat.
    At 373 Argent Street, is Tattersalls house. The original was known as Tattersalls Hotel, a weatherboard and iron structure erected in 1886 and destroyed by fire in 1891. The present building was built in 1892, once having decorative facade, unfortunately, in the 1950’s, the detailing was removed leaving the present facade.
    It is now used as shops, offices and flats.
    My last photo is of the Art Deco building of Torpys that has been around for quite a while. They sell sports gear and shoes.

    My following tips are on sights in Argent Street, you will see, it is a very interesting street.

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    TAFE COLLEGE

    by balhannah Written Jun 1, 2012

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    Also located in Argent street is this red brick building built in 1900. It has a tower on top which was once used by Astronomers to view the stars.
    If you know what a Flemish bond pattern in bricks is, this building is built with it, makes it a strong building.

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    POST OFFICE

    by balhannah Written Jun 1, 2012

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    This is another historic building in Argent street.
    Original construction of the one and two-storey corner building was during 1890-92, and comprised of five arched openings and a porch on the corner at ground level.

    It wasn't until 1902, that the clocks were installed into the tower. A worker was paid 12 pound to regulate and wind the clocks, a lot of money back then!

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    COURTHOUSE

    by balhannah Written May 31, 2012

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    This is another attractive building built in 1889 and opened in January 1890 by Sir Sir Henry Parkes.
    The building is of typical NSW late Victorian design, and features a two-story section with single-storey side wings and wide verandah.
    The Coat of Arms decorates the central section. Additions have been made to the building but the interior is original and intact.

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    BARRIER DAILY TRUTH

    by balhannah Written May 31, 2012

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    Do you like the name of the Newspaper, the "Barrier Daily Truth?" I wonder if the newspaper columnist back in the 1800's wrote the truth?

    It was in 1887 that the paper was first published in this single story building. It must have done alright, as in 1908, another story was added.
    The newspaper was union supported and, in 1908, became the first Labour daily newspaper in the English speaking world.
    Today, the Barrier Daily Truth is the only newspaper in Broken Hill, and is still going strong.

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    OUTDOORS ART

    by balhannah Written May 31, 2012

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    This artwork is in Argent street in the Town Centre, next to the Regional Art Gallery.

    The Poles in my photo, are known as "Story" Poles. They were created by local Tafe Students who have used a lot of recycled items, including the piece of wood, to creat them.

    Located next to it, is a Canoe, made out of the local red-gum wood. It has a head on either end, and a hand in the centre, I think it was symbolizing the white and black people getting along together, please correct me if I am wrong.

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    PRIMARY SCHOOLS

    by balhannah Updated May 31, 2012

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    Heading along our tourist drive, I came across a building with some very distinctive architecture.
    To my surprise, it wasn't what I thought it would be, but instead a Primary School. I liked the arched windows and the old style of these buildings. Later in the day, I saw another school and it was exactly the same.
    Broken Hill has 2 high schools and 7 primary schools.

    We drove past two on the Brown sign tourist drive.

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    MINER'S COTTAGES

    by balhannah Written May 31, 2012

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    Broken Hill and Miner's Cottages go together.
    I love them, to me they are little "cuties," but probably not so little, as these Cottages grew as the family grew. A lot of them are on the heritage list now and can be seen as you either walk or drive around Broken Hill.

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    WHITE'S MINERAL ART GALLERY

    by balhannah Written May 31, 2012

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    Also in the same Museum and included in the admission price, is Bushy's Artwork.

    I had never seen his style of art before. It is what is known as "mineral art."
    His paintings are done with crushed minerals found in Broken Hill. Lots are of mining equipment from the past to the present, local flowers, local historical buildings and landscapes and more.
    He does lots of different designs, so unique and really well done. I doubt if you would find something like this elsewhere.
    They are for sale, and prices range from quite cheap to expensive for large paintings.

    Open 9-5pm daily

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