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    WHITE'S MINERAL MUSEUM

    by balhannah Written May 31, 2012

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    This Museum is run by the "man" himself, "Bushy White" who was born in Broken Hill in 1943 and spent 26 years working in the local mines.

    We arrived early morning, parked the Car then headed in. The door was locked, so we rang the bell and Bushy soon appeared, he took our admission fee, and we joined him in on the tour he was giving.
    We listened and learned, heard stories on the miners, learnt about how they obtained the minerals of old and today with modern machinery.
    He then let us go, and walk through his underground mine, which he built in 1987. It was interesting, children seemed to enjoy it too!.

    Exit was through the gift shop where minerals and all sorts are for sale - no pressure to buy.
    Parking area and full amenities including wheelchair access. Tea, coffee and soft drinks available.
    Tour and video is included in the admission price.

    There is more at this Museum, SEE MY NEXT TWO TIPS.

    Open daily 9am-5pm
    ADMISSION IN 2012.. ADULTS $8.00

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    HOTELS IN BROKEN HILL

    by balhannah Updated May 31, 2012

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    There are still 72 Hotels in Broken Hill, but not as many as in the past, when there was one Hotel for every day of the year. Mining was thirsty work!

    There still is quite a variety, and you still will see some beauties. Lots are huge, some are double story, some have lovely verandahs, they all are different and worth having a look out. You can call in if you get thirsty!

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    BROKEN HILL REGIONAL ART GALLERY

    by balhannah Written May 31, 2012

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    The Art Gallery is located in an old building which used to be "Sullys Emporium."
    Sully's Emporium was the earliest and longest surviving commercial business in Broken Hill until it closed its doors in 1985. It was in 2004, that it became the Regional Art Gallery.
    Entry was by a gold coin donation [$1 or $2 coin]
    No photos were allowed, what a shame, as the inside of the building was nice.
    The Gallery showcases permanent and temporary exhibitions, work done by local, state and national artists.

    OPEN DAILY: 10 - 5PM
    Free car parking at the rear of the building.
    Guided tours on request.
    Wheelchair accessible

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    KEENAN LOOKOUT

    by balhannah Written May 31, 2012

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    Up the hill we drove to this lookout, parked the car and went for a look. The view is excellent of the "line of lode,' and the new Restaurant and viewing platform. There is an information board so it is easy to pick out what I was looking at.

    On the Brown sign tourist route.

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    PRO HART @ KINTORE RESERVE

    by balhannah Written May 31, 2012

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    Also located at Kintore Reserve, is some of Pro Harts work, not his usual painting, but huge sculptures. The sculptures depict the life of the miners. One looked like a big Ant to me!
    The pathway winds through Australian Natives to the Sculptures.

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    FOLLOW THE TOURIST TRAIL

    by balhannah Written May 31, 2012

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    I always like it when I find one of these in a town. The hard work has been done by some-one else, all I have to do is follow the little brown arrows, quite easy unless somebody has stolen them, this happens sometimes.

    Broken Hill has such trail, you can join it at any time along the route, no need to go from the start.

    Our 1st stop was Kintore Reserve, which is located nearly in the town centre, by the Information Centre.
    This park has quite a few pieces of interest. The old Kintore Shaft was in work in the 1800's and is very typical of all that are used in Broken Hill. Located next to it is a big winding drum and compressor.
    What is good, is there is a notice-board telling the information on each piece of equipment.

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    "SCHOOL OF THE AIR" BROKEN HILL

    by balhannah Updated May 31, 2012

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    School of the Air, what a break through this was for educating children in isolated parts of Australia.

    Australians were the first to use School of the Air to educate isolated children.

    An Adelaide schoolteacher, made the proposal for a School of the Air to be set up through the radio network and in 1950 the first lesson was broadcast. By 1956 the program had spread to New South Wales and there are now 12 Schools of the Air around Australia.

    Of course, times have changed,.....Gone are the days of the pedal radio, but School of the Air teachers still use HF (high frequency) radio to provide lessons to their students.

    The majority of the school curriculum is covered through correspondence lessons that teachers prepare and mail to their students. Regular telephone conversations between teacher and student are used, along with newer technologies such as email, computer links, video and the Internet.

    When I visited the School of the Air in Broken Hill, my friend was a Teacher. It was quite interesting. I also learnt from her, of the visits she had to the Outback Stations, where she got to meet the children she was teaching, and their parents. She said, it was an enjoyable experience for all, I'm sure it would be, and very exciting to meet for the 1st time after talking to each other for so long,... Just like when we have meets on VT.
    They get to see each other at least once a year.

    School of the Air has grown from a handful of students in 1951 to well over 1000 students in 12 schools.

    VISIT... Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 9:30am, except for school and public holidays. Tourists are expected to be at the School by 8:15 am (Central Standard Time).
    Live transmissions are held during school term only.

    For information regarding tourist sessions and bookings contact the Broken Hill Tourist Information Centre on : 08 8087 6077.

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    NOT SURE ON VISITING PRO HART'S GALLERY?

    by balhannah Written May 30, 2012

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    Perhaps this will make you change your mind, for you see, in another room, is a painting that takes over one whole wall. It is a painting of Australia, from when the first fleet landed to later times.
    It's painted in his distinctive style, which I am not really that keen on, but for me, this was a painting that I could stand back and enjoy.
    I really loved this painting and walked past it three times. Why, because there was so much detail, each time I found something new.

    Pro Hart's Gallery
    Admission: Adults $4

    The photos are of the one continuous painting. They don't do it justice!

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    FREE ART @ PRO HARTS ART GALLERY

    by balhannah Updated May 30, 2012

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    Not into Art? Don't want to see the Gallery?

    Still come along, because you may just be interested in his cars, his Rolls Royce in particular.
    Pro Hart liked painting Cars, he painted many Cars over the years for charities.
    In mid - 2003, he painted a Falcon turbo Ford ute to help raise money for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

    The best known car, is the 1973 Silver Shadow Rolls Royce, which in 1999, he painted all over with Australian scenes. It was when the republican debate was on in Australia, and Pro Hart still supported Queen Elizabeth II. When the vote was counted, it was decided against Australia becoming a republic. Pro Hart thought his Rolls Royce helped make the decision, as he drove it around the streets of Canberra.

    Now, it is on display in his shed before you enter the gallery, so it is FREE OF CHARGE to view.
    Some of his other cars are on display too!

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    PRO HART ART

    by balhannah Updated May 30, 2012

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    Pro Hart MBE (b1928) was a painter, a father of five children, a husband, who travelled the world, a person who always called Broken Hill home.
    Sadly, Pro Hart has passed away, but you can still visit his Art Gallery.

    We went and saw his Art Gallery this time in Broken Hill. It is located in a side street, no worries though, as it is signposted, parking is in the street.
    On entry, we paid our admission, then had a look around the gift shop on the ground floor.
    Next we went upstairs where there were more paintings, then downstairs to view his painting room and then into another room to see a large painting.

    Pro Hart painted most of his life, but many people disliked his style of painting as it was "very different!"
    Pro Hart "was discovered by Kim Bonython," a well known gallery owner from Adelaide, and from then on, there was no looking back, his collections sold out.
    He met Kings and Queens, Presidents and Prime Ministers and his art resides in large international collections.

    A CREATIVE PERSON/ARTIST.....He dropping paint from hot air balloons, created sculptures and even using a cannon to distribute paint on his chosen medium.

    Perhaps, if from overseas, you may not have seen this, But, his most famous moment came with a series of television carpet commercials. What a clever, mess this was!

    Go and have a look at this Artist's different style of painting.

    OPEN ... MON - SAT 9 - 5PM SUNDAY 1.30 - 5PM
    ENTRY FEE IN 2012: Adults $4.....Concession $2

    Photos are allowed, but not real close -up.

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    THE CITY OF BROKEN HILL

    by balhannah Updated May 30, 2012

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    BROKEN HILL - SILVER CITY - LARGEST CITY IN THE WEST.....Are a few of the names its known by.
    Located here, is the richest SILVER-LEAD-ZINC deposit yet discovered.
    Over 1.5 billion dollars worth have been mined here.
    You can do Underground Mine tours, I was lucky, as a friend worked in the Mines.

    Broken Hill is outback Australia, situated in one of the driest areas of the continent. It does have trees, and is quite green and leafy because of water being piped from nearby Lake Menindee.

    A visit here and some sights may be.......
    Mobs of red kangaroos, Wildflowers, Great sunrises & sunsets, Opals & Silver & other gems,
    Heritage buildings, Sites where films have been produced, Ghost Towns nearby, Sculptures and lots of famous Artists.

    Broken Hill is hot, it is mild in Winter, it is dusty, it is OUTBACK AUSTRALIA.
    There is plenty of accommodation for all budgets.
    Lots and lots of interest to keep you busy for a few days.

    ..........Even though located in New South Wales, it operates on South Australian time.

    Check out the website.....excellent information

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    VISIT THE NEARBY TOWN OF SILVERTON

    by DennyP Written Nov 21, 2011

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    Looking for something else to do when in Broken Hill !!. There are just so many nearby locations to visit..The town of Silverton located about 25 miles (40 Kilometers) out of Broken Hill. This is a unique old silver town that prospered early in its History but was hugely overshadowed by the ore discoveries in Broken hill..
    Silverton has a large community of artists so there are many galleries displaying local artists talent to be seen. Take a local camel ride as there are many out here. A must is the Famous Silverton Hotel. This fun pub serves up great cold beer and tasty food. Famous for the many movies that have been filmed here like the Mad Max movies, Razorback, A Town like Alice, and Queen of the Desert. You certainly wont be dissapointed with a visit to Silverton.

    A word of warning, this can be an unforgiving place in extreme heat and if you decide to go off for a look about...Make sure that you have sufficient fresh drinking water with you.

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    VISIT THE BROKEN HILL VIETNAM WAR MEMORIAL

    by DennyP Written Oct 28, 2011

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    When I arrived in Broken Hill on my last visit it was very early morning..As I had just arrived on the Indian Pacific Train from Sydney and bound for Adelaide, I was to find at such an early hour the majority of the buisiness side of town was not awake..Taking in most of the various popular known places ..I stopped at the Vietnam War Memorial, to pay my respects. Like all other parts of Australia the boys here were either drafted or volunteered for military Service in the Vietnam conflict...Needless to say many went from the town of Broken Hill and many didn't return...This like many other such memorials located allover Australia these are sacred memorials for all Australians.

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    MARIO'S PALACE HOTEL - BROKEN HILL

    by balhannah Written Oct 6, 2009

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    This impressive Hotel, built in 1888, is well known
    as it starred in "PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT"

    Mario, himself, was actually in the film, sadly, he has passed on, and new owners have moved in. Mario came from a village near Venice, and actually painted the Botticelli Venus on the high ceiling.
    You will also find colourful bushscapes and murals which adorn the interiors.

    You can stay in the Priscilla Room, or there are rooms with shared facilities. Don't know what its like, as I haven't stayed here.

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    MURALS - BROKEN HILL

    by balhannah Updated Oct 5, 2009

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    Go for a drive around town, and you will come across this wall of well done murals.
    There are quite a few well done Murals dotted around the city.
    The Information Centre will give you details of where to find them and they also give out Heritage walk maps.

    The visitor information centre is at: corners of Blende & Bromide streets, Broken Hill

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