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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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    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.

    Famous carpet painting Pro Hart Paintings Pro Hart paintings Pro Hart paintings
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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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    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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    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.

    Mario's Palace
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    Art Galleries

    by iandsmith Updated Jan 18, 2004

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    So many to see, so little time. One of the great things about the galleries here is that, unlike Europe, you get to see works of outstanding quality without the crowds.
    Probably the most famous is Pro Hart, whose unique style has made him a favourite with some but his gallery features some of the great names in European art as well.
    One of my favourites is Jack Absalom, a knockabout bushie who used to take people learning art to outdoor venues. Watching them work he felt he could do just as well. How right he was!
    His use of colour brings out the distinctive hues of the bush as do many others.
    Another one I'm partial to is John Dynon and his gallery, a converted old house at Silverton is an eye-opener in itself. While you're out at Silverton you should also consider the Horizon Gallery for quality works and, for something completely different, Peter Browne's gallery. You can't miss the latter, it's the one with the wierd VW body out front.

    Entrance to Absalom's gallery
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    Visiting Art Galleries

    by Kate-Me Written Mar 14, 2003

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    You absolutely must visit some of the Art Galleries. There are over 20 of them (at least) scattered all over town, and I loved almost all of them.
    The art is very distinctive and a lot of it was very different to any other paintings I'd seen elsewhere in Victoria. A very particular, bold, outback style.

    Free entry too. We spent about 3 days in Broken Hill and still didn't manage to see all the galleries.

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    The animals

    by iandsmith Updated Jun 29, 2005

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    One of the best places I've ever been to see lizards and birds is definitely Menindee Lakes. This is a perenti or goanna. If you take one of the guided tours there is a resident lizard where you put the boat in which is very tame. If you haven't seen one up close and personal before then you may be intimidated but they aren't going to attack you, it's just the primaeval look they have when they walk and thrash through the underbrush.
    You'll see the normal black and grey ones but I also saw a mustard coloured reptile, the likes of which I'd never seen before.
    Ospreys, kingfishers and parrots dominate the bird species and, at times, the latter can be quite racous, especially as you float along the waters of the flooded river and disturb them. A genuine wildlife experience.

    Perenti saying g'day mate.
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    The Broken Hill Sculpture Symposium

    by iandsmith Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Just ten minutes drive and ten minutes walk will put you in the sculpture park.
    A Gosford sculptor by the name of Laurence Beck suggested to the local mayor that everyone knew Broken Hill for painting, how about some sculpture?
    Mayor Black thought it was a good idea, the Tourism Development Manager Neil McGarry suggested the hill and, when Laurence had concurred after seeking guidance from an eagle (well, he is an artist, what do you expect?) the project got under way.
    53 tonnes of stone was transported to the site free of charge by local contractors.
    Beds from the hospital, tents from Menindee and various appliances from the local council were supplied.
    Volunteers from the State Emergency Service supplied two meals a day.
    A retired blacksmith, Allan Carr, kept their tools sharpened.
    When money ran out, the community whipped up $7,000 in a couple of days and on it went.
    What a wonderful story of what you can achieve when you all pull together!
    The 12 figures from international and local artists are now an Aussie icon.
    The one shown here is a tragic reminder of the Georgian horse, all slaughtered at Stalin's request. If you didn't dislike him before, you will after you read that story.

    Horse, by Jumber Jiliya from Rustavi, Georgia
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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.

    Sunset on Lake Wetherell Another sunrise
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    Going down

    by iandsmith Updated Jun 26, 2005

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    The underground tours are legendary and rightly so. My tour guide was an ex-miner and his knowledge was fascinating.
    You get to ride in exactly what the miners went down in and feel the atmosphere beneath. Claustrophobics need not apply.
    Comfort was not something that was catered for in the pursuit of money and walking past the crib rooms and seeing the working conditions only reaffirmed my intention never to become a miner.
    Stories like before the war when a miner was hurt and the accountant would be waiting at the top, as the victim was stretchered out, to find out exactly when he was injured because that's when they stopped paying him! No HR support there.
    Another interesting statistic is that there are 300 kilometres of roads underground and 87 stop lights, 84 more than in the city itself!

    This is the pits
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    Silverton

    by iandsmith Updated Jan 18, 2004

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    Quirky, feral, completely different. These things come to mind when talking about Silverton.
    It came into being when leases where taken up in the surrounding hills and ranges and small, rich deposits of silver bearing ore were located.
    With a population that peaked in 1885, but never exceeded 3,000, it quickly declined, as mining towns do, when the ore ran out but, because of the dry climate, the buildings lingered and then, tourists discovered it, along with movie makers and now it's a must see though there's not a huge amount to see.
    Definitely worth a look if you're out there.
    The pub is a must and some of the art galleries are brilliant. There's also the Silverton Gaol Museum and, if you need somewhere to stay, the Silverton Youth Camp provides bunk style accommodation.
    This shot is of a painted car outside Peter Browne's gallery

    Would you drive this?
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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.

    The hill and the haul New reataurant on the slag heap Looking west
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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.

    THE SILVERTON HOTEL A LOCAL ICONIC  PUB ANOTHER MAD MAX LOCAL SOME LOCAL ART IN SILVERTON A FIENDLY SHINGLE BACK BLUE TONGUED LIZARD A HOT SUN GOES DOWN ON ANOTHER DAY OUT WEST
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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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Broken Hill Hotels

  • Old Willyama Motor Inn

    30 Iodide Street, Broken Hill, 2880, Australia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • The Lodge Outback Motel

    252 Mica Street, Broken Hill, New South Wales, 2880, Australia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • The Silver Haven Motor Inn

    577 Argent St, Broken Hill, New South Wales, 2880, Australia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

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