ilovebrokenhill.com , first published on 8 December 2011 by Jane Deany, is designed to introduce you to Broken Hill and to help you discover what is so special about this wonderful outback Australian city. I have come to the city many times since 2002 and I highly recommend a visit to anyone who has not been here.

ilovebrokenhill.com will look at highlights of my visits and let you know what is going on now in this fascinating, famous and historic mining city, where in the mid 1880's the line of lode, a vast and rich ore body of silver, lead and zinc was found. Suggestions of where to go and what to see will be a feature.

There is something in Broken Hill for everyone.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Happy Easter for 2014

Wishing everyone in Broken Hill, Melbourne and everywhere else in the world a very Happy Easter for 2014.

Cheers, Jane Deany

Friday, 18 April 2014

Vintage Caravan Nationals 2014 Broken Hill 28 April - 2 May

Community Event - Vintage Caravan National
If you like vintage caravans, which I do, you will be pleased to hear that the Vintage Caravan Nationals 2014 will be held in Broken Hill.

There has been a growing trend in people wanting a vintage caravan. Retro and vintage are in fashion at the moment, right across the board, it's not just caravans either.

Dates - Monday 28 April - Friday 2 May 2014

Venue - Broken Hill Tourist Park, 142 Rakow Street (Adelaide Road), Broken Hill

Now this is one event which I would really love to see.

Why not combine the Anzac Day long weekend, visit Broken Hill and enjoy all those fabulous retro and vintage caravans.

Cheers, Jane Deany

Monday, 14 April 2014

Chag Pesach Sameach - Happy Passover Holiday 2014

Passover (Pesach) 2014 runs from sunset Monday 14 April until sunset Tuesday 22 April.

To all readers of the Jewish faith, whether they be in Broken Hill, Israel or anywhere else in the world, I wish you Chag Pesach Sameach (Happy Passover Holiday).

Cheers, Jane D

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Tourism Australia promotes Broken Hill and other Australian destinations to the USA

A couple of sculptures from Broken Hill's
Living Desert Sculpture Symposium (park)
American (USA) readers take note!

Tourism Australia is promoting Australia to America in an innovative competition for American's only, to have the chance to win 52 week long trips to 52 different Australian destinations. You guessed it, Broken Hill is one of those destinations.  In what's known as week 45, 'Discover a Lost World', which is to be taken in May 18-25, 2015, a lucky American entrant will win a week long trip which will incorporate a visit to Broken Hill. I understand travel will be via the Indian Pacific.

I found out about the competition by browsing Twitter. You never know what can pop up on Twitter, there's a wealth of information to be found.

The image in the tweet below is of 'The Twelve Apostles' one of the wonderful sights along the Great Ocean Road in my home state of Victoria. This trip is one of the other 52 destinations in the competition.

The competition closes 21 April 2014, see the following special Tourism Australia related website for more information www.australiasomeday.com .

If you win this trip, I'm sure you will love Broken Hill. Check out this (my) www.ilovebrokenhill.com blog for some of the great things in Broken Hill.

You will actually love any of the 52 locations selected for this competition. Broken Hill isn't the only awesome place in Australia.

Good luck to all the entrants, cheers, Jane Deany

Friday, 4 April 2014

Broken Hill's Gaara Arts open the Archies exhibition tonight - GeoCentre

Gaara Arts artist Jenny Cattonar with one of her entries
in the show. It's a painting of all five of the famous
Broken Hill art group the 'Brushmen of the Bush'
Image courtesy of 'Barrier Daily Truth', by Darrin Manuel
Art Scene / Community Event
Broken Hill's all women art group Gaara Arts are hosting another exhibition which opens tonight at the GeoCentre, aka the Albert Kersten Mining and Minerals Museum

The 'Archies' exhibition, is similar to the 'Archibald Prize'* in that there will be portraits of local Broken Hill identities. It's not a competition but will showcase the talents of Broken Hill Gaara artists, as well as other local artists who were welcome to submit art-work(s).

* The Archibald Prize is awarded annually to the best portrait, 'preferentially of some man or woman distinguished in art, letters, science or politics, painted by any artist resident in Australasia’.

Well known non Gaara artists who are exhibiting include Geoff De Main and Robert (Bob) Groves. Annie Learoyd, is another non Gaara exhibitor.

Related memorabilia will also be on display.

Some of the artworks are for sale.

The exhibition will be opened by Broken Hill City Council's General Manager - Therese Manns.

Details of that exhibition are -

Where:     Albert Kersten Mining and Minerals Museum aka GeoCentre

Address:   Corner Crystal and Bromide Streets, Broken Hill

Time:       Opens 6.30 pm tonight and refreshments will be available.

GeoCentre opening hours:  10am - 4.45pm Monday - Friday
                                      1pm - 4.45 pm weekends

Dates:      5 April - 4 May 2014
Jenny Cattonar's "Brushmen of the Bush" 1990
140cm x 110cm, POA, image supplied by the artist.

There are many talented artists in Broken Hill, I've written about some of them over the last few years.

Gaara members whom I've met include Jenny Cattonar, Deirdre Edwards, Betty Pearson, Maureen Clark, Robyn Taylor (the recently re-elected President of the group), Jan Allison, Marguerite Bennett, Phyllis Ragenovich and Dawn Myree.

I've also met Geoff De Main, and I've been to Bob Groves home studio and interviewed him. See link here to that post dated 7 December 2012. He's the president of the other major art group in Broken Hill - Willyama Art Society.

I hope you enjoy the exhibition. It sounds like a lot of fun. Although I don't think I can make it, I have seen at least one of the entries, and that's the painting of the "Brushmen of the Bush" by Jenny Cattonar, pictured. It's a significant piece and Jenny is a very talented artist, and a lovely lady as well.

Cheers, Jane Deany

Monday, 31 March 2014

Kevin Charles 'Pro' Hart's 8th anniversary this month

Here's a link to some content from ABC Broken Hill / ABC South Australia which recognises the 8th anniversary of the passing of the famous Broken Hill artist Pro Hart aka Kevin Charles 'Pro' Hart MBE.

This blog post is by ABC Broken Hill's Sarah McConnell and includes a link to a podcast of the radio interview of Pro Hart's wife Raylee Hart by ABC Broken Hill's Andrew Schmidt earlier today.

Having listened to the interview, I agree that some formal recognition of Pro Hart's contribution to Broken Hill by way of a memorial to honour him, is certainly a good idea.

I was intrigued with one thing Raylee reported upon her visit to Pro's grave last week. I must first mention that Pro's last painting before he died of motor neurone disease, aged 87, was of a dragon fly. It was therefore quite mystical, well that seems a suitable word, that a dragon fly was hovering over the top of Pro's grave whilst she was there.

Pro Hart's painted Rolls Royce - note dragon fly, taken at the Pro Hart Gallery in 2006, the year he died.
Mrs Hart then retold a story of a tourist who also visited the grave a few days later, and he was amazed at the cluster of dragon flies hovering over Pro's grave, "like a meeting place" (in Raylee's words). He filmed the incident and took it to show Raylee at the family run Pro Hart Gallery. Sounds pretty amazing to me.

Here's a link to another article also posted by ABC discussing the interview with Raylee Hart and her backing of suggestions to publicly recognise Pro Hart's contribution to Broken Hill. 

May he rest in peace.

Jane Deany

Friday, 28 March 2014

Damien Cocks is Broken Hill City Council's new comms specialist

Broken Hill's local newspaper the Barrier Daily Truth (BDT) recently reported that Broken Hill City Council (BHCC) had announced the name of their new Communications Officer. Damien Cocks has accepted the 'comms' position which is a new and diverse role, I saw the position description so I now just how comprehensive it was.

Damien Cocks source
Bega District News
Damien has had a long relationship with the city having worked at both the BDT and the City Council at different times in the past.

Damien currently works for the Murrindindi Shire Council as their manager of communications.

I wish him every success in the new role which he commences at the end of March 2014.

I hope to interview Damien at some stage after he's settled in.

Cheers, Jane Deany

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Results of Broken Hill's St Patrick's Races 'Outback Cup' 2014 won by Eight Red

Kym Healy holding the prized
Golden Harp 'Outback Cup' trophy.
Image from 'Barrier Daily Truth'
by Darrin Manuel
Community Event
Lightening, thunder and rain threatened the 2014 St Patrick's races on Saturday. Guests were treated to a dust storm, a thunder storm, strong winds and lots of rain, and the President of the St Patrick's Race Club, Marg Corradini said this gave visitors 'a great event, a great show', and noted 'how exciting was that' when she summed up the weather events to ABC Broken Hill radio host Julie Clift in her 'Outback Outlook' morning show yesterday.

Luckily things calmed down and the day turned out to be sunny. The start of the 1st race was delayed by an hour.

It certainly sounds like it was indeed very exciting, and I wish I'd been there. I was fortunate enough to attend the event in 2012, so I know just what a fantastic, fun event it is, and I can't recommend it highly enough.

'Eight Red won the Outback Cup'

The 1600 metre main race, race 6, the 'Clubs NSW and Keno Outback Cup' was won by number 6 'Eight Red', which ran, appropriately from barrier 8.

No doubt the winning South Australian trainer Kym Healy from Strathalbyn, and jockey Wayne Kerford were delighted.

Last year's winner Tresette, came 2nd at two lengths behind the winner and Bellchuca was 3rd.

Eight Red is an 8 year old gelding who has had 10 wins from 63 starts according to www.racenet.com.au and has won over $100,000 in prize money so far. I notice he has 'Octagonal' as his dam's sire (i.e. his mother's father), not to mention Zabeel as his great grandfather. Octagonal had 10 Group 1 wins from 28 starts and won nearly $6 million in prize money. He also produced Lonhro, another very successful race horse who won a similar amount of prize money, so Eight Red is in very good company from a top gene pool, so he may well go on to bigger things. Keep an eye on him if you like to have a 'flutter' aka bet.

I know eight is a lucky number and red's my favourite colour. It's easy to say in hindsight, but I think I may have backed him if I was there. Unfortunately, as it wasn't a TAB race, you had to be at the track to place a bet. I believe, from an event point of view, with the weather delay of an hour, that would have meant they'd have to cancel the races if it had been a TAB event. So in a way, it was lucky that TAB wasn't covering the race this year.

I'm already looking forward to next year.

Cheers, Jane Deany   (post number 222)

Saturday, 15 March 2014

St Patrick's Races Broken Hill 2014 not long till the big race

Racing action at St Patrick's Race Club Broken Hill
image from www.stpatricks.org.au
Community Event/ Racing

Today's the big day, Broken Hill's signature event for the year the St Patrick's Day Races 2014, held at St Patrick's Race Club, are underway and it's less than an hour until the main race - Race 6, the 'Clubs NSW and Keno Outback Cup'.

It's a 1600 metre Open Class race which runs at 4.10pm local Broken Hill time (4.40pm Melbourne time) and if you want to place a bet you'll need to head down to the track as it's not a TAB event.

The field is slightly smaller than last year which listed 11 horses including 1 scratching. Tresette won the race last year and Cruziero came 9th in the race. They both are racing again in today's race. Number 4 Defonet, won the Silver City Cup in October 2013, but this will be a harder race with a better field.

Details of today's field for the main race are -

1   Sky Raider (5)  Trainer - Mick Whittle, Jockey - Dylan Dunn (a4) 60kg
2   Tresette (2)  Trainer - Annette Morrison, Jockey - Murray Henderson 54kg
3   Azarax (6)  Trainer - Rodney Robb, Jockey - Michael Hackett 54kg
4   Defonet (4)  Trainer - Paula Trenwith, Jockey - Ms Tamara Zanker 54kg
5   Cruziero (9) Trainer - Kym Healy, Jockey - Kate Brookes (a2) 54kg
6   Eight Red (8) Trainer - Kym Healy, Jockey - Wayne Kerford 54kg
7   Belchuca (1)  Trainer - Brian Searle, Jockey - Justin Potter 54kg
8   Artistic (7)  Trainer - Con Kelly, Jockey - Desiree Stra (a2) 54kg
9   Mild Mannered (3)  Trainer - Scott Whittle, Jockey - Jack Martin (4) 54kg

The Barrier Daily Truth's (BDT) tipster 'No Idea' is tipping Sky Raider, Defonet and Eight Red.

Sky Raider goes in as a $2 favourite.

See link here for today's BDT's articles 'Raring to go' and 'Track in top shape' by their sports writer Ethan James.

I hope you have a win, cheers, Jane Deany (blog post 221)

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Broken Hill and International Women's Day 2014

Art Scene
The art scene in Broken Hill strongly supports women.

Broken Hill has an all female art group - Gaara Arts Inc, which is currently exhibiting at the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery with their exhibition "Stronger Women, Stronger Nations". The exhibition, designed in part to coincide with International Women's Day 2014, will finish at the end of the day tomorrow, Sunday 9 March. See my post of 19 January, link here, published a few days prior to the opening of the exhibition on 24 January. Further details of the exhibition are -

Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery -
404-408 Argent Street, Broken Hill

Gallery hours -
Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday/Sunday and most public holidays 11am - 4pm

The manager of the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery is a woman - Cathy Farry. She's been in the role for over a year now and is doing a great job.

The Broken Hill Art Exchange which promotes local artists is also run by a woman - Susan Thomas. She's been in this role for a number of years.

Broken Hill Proprietary Smelters,
Intaglio etching by Deirdre Edwards

The co-founder of Gaara Arts - Deirdre Edwards, a prolific and talented local artist, who also has her own studio gallery, Art Mecca, is currently exhibiting, see link to my post of 28 February, here. Details of that exhibition are -

Where:     Albert Kersten Mining and Minerals Museum aka GeoCentre

Address:   Corner Crystal and Bromide Streets, Broken Hill

Time:      10am - 4.45pm Monday - Friday
1pm - 4.45 pm weekends

There are many talented female artists in Broken Hill, I've written about some of them over the past couple of years.

Gaara member Karrie Lannstrom recently exhibited at the Broken Hill Art Exchange, around Christmas 2013. I've come to know Karrie, as well as such artists as Jenny Cattonar and her 'Spirit of the Outback Studio Gallery', Betty Pearson, Robyn Taylor and Maureen Clark from Gaara, Tanya Marie Reeves (Art Confessions), Wendy Martin (with her husband Ian Lewis, and their Bush 'n' Beyond Studio Gallery), Julie Hart and her Julie Hart Gallery, and Andrea Blundell and her Homestead Gallery.

May women prosper and receive equal rights worldwide.

Cheers, Jane Deany

Friday, 28 February 2014

Deirdre Edwards exhibition opens today GeoCentre Broken Hill

Art Scene
Talented local Broken Hill artist and cofounder of Gaara Arts Inc (Broken Hill's all female art group) has opened another exhibition today.

Tracks into the Past - 28 February - 31 March 2014

The exhibition will showcase Deirdre Edwards art together with historical photos and memorabilia.

Where:     Albert Kersten Mining and Minerals Museum aka GeoCentre

Address:   Corner Crystal and Bromide Streets, Broken Hill

Time:      10am - 4.45pm Monday - Friday
1pm - 4.45 pm weekends
Guests at the exhibition's opening,
photo by Robyn Nelson

David Hume, the General Manager of Perilya officially opening the exhibition earlier this evening at 6pm (sorry, I only spotted the invitation after the opening). No matter, there's still plenty of time to view the exhibition.

'Tracks into the Past'

I've seen a lot of Deirdre's work, she's very talented. You may well find a nice piece to add to your collection.

All the best Deirdre, I hope the exhibition is a success for you.

Cheers, Jane Deany

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Broken Hill's St Patrick's Races are coming up on 15 March 2014

Me (left) and school friend Melissa
decked out in our green in 2012.
Community Event
There's less than four weeks to go to Broken Hill's 'flagship' annual event, the 49th running of the St Patrick's Day Races.

This year - 2014 - the event will be held on Saturday 15 March. There will be a 'recovery day' the day after in Silverton. Broken Hill locals loves to be social and the weeks leading up to the races will see a range of events. Details to come.

Links to some of the relevant information about the races are below -

Main race results can be found on my later post - see link here.

St Patrick's Race Club

The Club's Facebook page - St Pats Race Club Broken Hill

www.outbacknow.com.au has an article about the race see link here.

Enquiries can be directed to Deanne Lyall (secretary) on (08) 8087 3828 or
(08) 8087 7550.

It's a great time of the year to be in the city. I went up with a friend in 2012 and we had a fantastic time.

If you've never been to this event it's great fun. It makes for a wonderful excuse to tie in a visit to the city, especially if you've never visited Broken Hill before.

I really can't recommend it highly enough.

Don't forget to bring something green to wear, although we found not as many people actually wore green as we had expected.

Cheers, Jane Deany

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Fly Rex to Broken Hill from Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Mildura

I am not into advertising businesses (especially for free) on this site, however, I want to encourage people to travel to Broken Hill via the local airline service Rex Airlines (Regional Express) because if people don't use the service enough, it may not be there in the future. It is like an essential service, especially given how far Broken Hill is from other major cities.

Broken Hill is approximately -

1146 km from Sydney
837 km from Melbourne
510 km from Adelaide, and
297 km from the regional city of Mildura (population 30,000 approx.)

I've flown to Broken Hill from Adelaide via Rex and it's a great service. It provides a unique aerial view of the outback as well.

Once you get to Broken Hill you can hire a car if you want.

Flying to Broken Hill is certainly a fast way to reach the city and well worth considering. As with anything, the business (Rex) needs to be supported or it won't be sustainable for the airline to continue providing the range of services that it does.

See this ABC News report on the subject here.

Cheers and happy flying, Jane Deany

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Australian Local Government Women's Association NSW Annual Conference in Broken Hill

Community Event
The Australian Local Government Women's Association NSW Branch's Annual Conference for 2014 will be held in Broken Hill.

Dates are March 20 - 22, 2014.

Check out their website for more information www.algwa.org.au

Why not coordinate your visit with the St Patrick's Day Races which are on Saturday 15th March this year. Festivities always continue the day after, and there's usually plenty on in the week leading up to the races as well. Broken Hill really knows how to do events well.

Start planing! Cheers, Jane Deany

Friday, 31 January 2014

Congratulations to Peter Keenan Broken Hill's Citizen of the Year 2014

Congratulations are in order for Peter Keenan who was awarded Broken Hill Citizen of the Year 2014. I've not met Peter, but I heard Julie Clift of ABC Broken Hill's Outback Outlook show interview him on Tuesday 28th January and he is very involved with the Broken Hill community and it's no surprise that he received this year's award.

The Barrier Daily Truth (BDT) also reported on the story in the paper on Tuesday 28 January 2014, see link to the article here. Peter also happens to be the Advertising Manager for the BDT.

The paper also reported that Jarrah Seager and Dylan Stone were honoured with the Young Citizen of the Year award and Seymon Eckert won the Young Citizen Encouragement award.

Mr Keenan, a tireless volunteer, was given the award at the Australia Day Awards ceremony at the Civic Centre on Sunday, Australia Day (26th January).

Peter Keenan, image courtesy Barrier Daily Truth

Broken Hill also welcomed 10 new Australian citizens at the Civic Centre. The BDT reported that the new citizens came from a variety of countries including Colombia, South Africa and Sri Lanka.

By the way, a belated Happy Australia Day 2014 to everyone. I was out of internet range in central Victoria on the 26th so I couldn't publish on the day. I hope you had a great day and appreciated how lucky we are in Australia.

Congratulations Peter on your much deserved win.  Cheers, Jane Deany