ilovebrokenhill.com , was first published on 8 December 2011 by Jane Deany. My blog is all about the famous outback Australian National Heritage Listed City named Broken Hill, located in the state of New South Wales. I first visited #BrokenHill in 2002 and have returned many times since then. ilovebrokenhill.com will help you discover what's great about this historic mining city, where in the mid 1880's the line of lode, a rich ore body of silver, lead and zinc was found. You will find stories about anything related to Broken Hill.

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Broken Hill Department of Rural Health (University of Sydney) Dr Nina Berry Tweets

Lead/Rural Health/Research/Collaboration/Community Values
Interesting story from the University of Sydney, who has a campus in Broken Hill -

Broken Hill Department of Rural Health (http://sydney.edu.au/medicine/drh/)

about community values and collaboration in #BrokenHill. I found the article via Twitter in a Tweet from @DrNinaBerry (Dr Nina Berry).

Worth a read - http://sydney.edu.au/news/staff/2576.html?newscategoryid=223&newsstoryid=14636

The article touches on lead in Broken Hill and the recent announcement (13 February 2015) by Kevin Humphries MP, the Minister for Natural Resources, Lands and Water, and Minister for Western NSW, for the NSW Government to commit more than $13 million to address the issue of high blood lead levels in children in the City.

Professor David Lyle Head of University Department for Rural Health (UDRH) and research fellow (UDHR) Frances Boreland who's called Broken Hill home for two decades and, like me has falling in love with the city, welcomed the news

Thanks Dr Berry.

Tip - looking for news and information about Broken Hill? Check my blog! But also use Twitter with the # (hashtag) #BrokenHill. It's a great research tool.

Cheers, Jane Deany

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Broken Hill Fringe Festival 2015 - Thursday 5th - Sunday 15th March

The Broken Hill Fringe Festival is on again.

Running from Thursday 5 to Sunday 15 March 2015.

Locations - all around Broken Hill at various venues.

The main contacts for more information are -

Fringe Coordinator Ann Rogers on 0427 876 022 or
Project Assistant Amanda Schenk on 0400 232 947.

Broken Hill scene at sunrise with full moon in the background.
Here are some relevant links which will give you more information about all the many events that will be running over this period.





I wish I could be there.

Enjoy, cheers, Jane Deany

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Oddfellows - Picnic Day Broken Hill 1 January 1915 ... by Nicholas Shakespeare

Book cover via www.randomhouse.com.au
'Oddfellows - Picnic Day Broken Hill 1 January 1915 An Unexpected Enemy Attack' by Nicholas Shakespeare, is a recently released historical fiction novel set in Broken Hill.

It's release on 2 January 2015 has come at the time of the 100 year anniversary of the Picnic Day Attack in Broken Hill on 1 January 1915. 

On that New Years day of 1915, four citizens were killed and seven wounded in Broken Hill, when two Muslims from the nearby cameleers' camp opened fire on the annual Order of Oddfellows picnic train, from an ice-cream cart embellished with the Turkish flag.

Mullah (Molla) Abdullah and Badsha Mahommed Gool (Gul Mehmed) killed three men and a teenage girl (some reports describe six victims), before they were themselves shot dead. This was the only enemy attack to take place in Australia during World War I, and has become known as 'The Battle of Broken Hill'. This little known piece of history has been interwoven into a novella (128 pages).

The Independent '20th-century terrorists: The bizarre story of two jihadis in the Australian outback by Nicholas Shakespeare, 28 February 2015 - http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/australasia/20thcentury-terrorists-the-bizarre-story-of-two-jihadis-in-the-australian-outback-10069702.html

Sydney Arts Guide book review by Richard Cotter, 1 January 2015 - http://www.sydneyartsguide.com.au/nicholas-shakespeare-new-book-oddfellows/

The book is published by Random House - http://www.randomhouse.com.au/books/nicholas-shakespeare/oddfellows-9780857987181.aspx

Happy reading, cheers, Jane Deany

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Artists painting Broken Hill - two exhibitions - Guy Maestri and Laura Courtney

Art Scene
In the latest - February 2015 - issue of the Art Almanac magazine, I noticed two exhibitions featuring Broken Hill as the subject matter of at least some of the art being exhibited.

Archibald Prize (2009) winning artist Guy Maestri will be exhibiting at the -

Jan Murphy Gallery in Queensland from 24 February until 21 March 2015.

Address - 486 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley, Qld 4006

Here's a link to information about the exhibition which is titled 'Black Gold' -


and in my hometown Melbourne -

Laura Courtney - Trades Hall, Broken Hill 2014
The exhibition 'oxide, bluestone & crows' opened yesterday.

Exhibition dates - 17 February until 8 March 2015.

Address - 35 Derby Street, Collingwood Vic 3066

I visited the exhibition and it's great. There are 18 works including 5 with #BrokenHill as the subject.

Link to further information -

Even outside Broken Hill, you're never far away form the City's special influence.

Cheers, Jane Deany

Thursday, 12 February 2015

ABC's new 'Outback ER' show set in Broken Hill Hospital

Set in Broken Hill's Far West Local Health District, ABC TV has filmed an eight part documentary series which begins tonight at 8pm Thursday 12th February 2015. Each episode is 30 minutes.

To quote the ABC
"Experience just how different a life-threatening crisis can be in one of the most isolated locations on earth, Broken Hill. Meet the incredible emergency response team personnel who live and work in this remote region."

Here are a couple of related links.



Sounds a fascinating show.

Cheers, Jane Deany

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Broken Hill has one of Australia's oldest mosques writes ABC & holds links to cameleers

Broken Hill has one of Australia's oldest mosques, and the oldest mosque in New South Wales reports ABC #BrokenHill 's Alexandra Back and Jacqueline Breen.

In a tweet on 6 February 2015 my attention was drawn to their report from the previous day, that the mosque is one of the last links to the cameleers.
It's an interesting story which came to light as Broken Hill remembered the 100th anniversary of the Picnic Train attack in 1915.

The story is fascinating insight into yet another intriguing part of Broken Hill's history.

Cheers, Jane Deany

Monday, 2 February 2015

ABC 3 showcases what it means for Broken Hill to be Australia's first Heritage Listed City

ABC 3 to showcase what it means for Broken Hill to be Australia's first Heritage Listed City.

Neve Robins was selected by the ABC to report on #BrokenHill's Heritage City listing. The coverage will air on ABC 3 at 10am Tuesday 3 February 2015 on 'Behind the News'.

Should make for interesting viewing.

Cheers, Jane Deany

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

'Living with inequality' a short film by #BrokenHill filmmakers Sara & Mackenna Ridley

After a quick look on Twitter using the #BrokenHill hashtag I came across this powerful short film which was made using an iPhone by Broken Hill filmmakers Sara and Mackenna Ridley.

Called 'Living with inequality', the title says it all.

Here's the link to the Vimeo clip (http://vimeo.com/117871753) -

Equality Film from Sara Ridley on Vimeo.

The message is that discrimination continues to exist in Australia today.

Thanks Jenia Ratcliffe of @ABCOpen in Broken Hill for the Tweet. 
Very thought provoking.

Jane Deany

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Broken Hill is Australia's first National Heritage Listed City - Congratulations #BrokenHill

Broken Hill landscape with mine head frame
Broken Hill has become Australia's first National Heritage Listed city. The official announcement came earlier this morning at a special event out the front of the Town Hall Facade space in Argent Street. (To which I was invited … but I think the whole city was in the end, as there was an open invitation in the local Barrier Daily Truth I noticed!)
The Federal Minister for the Environment the Hon Greg Hunt MP made the announcement a short time ago and was joined by local Mayor Wincen Cuy, the Federal Member for Farrer (Broken Hill's federal electorate) the Hon Sussan Ley MP, as well as Professor Simon Molesworth* (the main proponent for the Heritage City listing, see further details below*) (all pictured in the included tweet).

Congratulations Broken Hill, it's really incredibly exciting news. It's a great honour for such an historically important city, and certainly deserving.

The process took about ten years to come to fruition, so it's been a long time in the making, but well worth the wait (now it's finally over).

In an email I received from the Broken Hill City Council a short time ago they noted the following -

"Broken Hill’s outstanding significance to the nation for its role in creating enormous wealth, its enduring and continuing mining, importance to industrial relations and unionism, community resilience and ingenuity as well as our mining and outback landscape have been recognised with this prestigious citation today.

This recognition positions Broken Hill as the only entire Australian City to be awarded National Heritage Listing and recognises us as the most significant heritage tourism city within Australia. This prestigious citation will raise the international profile of Broken Hill, upgrade our visitor economy and provide our resilient community with momentum to endure in our efforts towards economic diversification."

*The history of the bid is outlined in the following 9 October 2014 story from Broken Hill's 'For Real' online publication, which explains how the push by Monash University Professor Simon Molesworth who's one of Australia's leading environmental lawyers, developed -


Melbourne ABC radio host Red Symons talked today to local Broken Hill National Trust of Australia 40 year member and representative Fran McKinnon about the impending news in his early morning radio show - here's the tweet with a podcast recording link included.

Me and the iconic Broken Hill
sculpture - my second trip
The city is abuzz and the tweets are coming in. Check my @ilovebrokenhill feed for more updates. For extra (targeted) information put in the #BrokenHill.

Here are links to other related stories -

ABC Broken Hill's Gavin Coote on 20 January 2015 'Broken Hill to join National Heritage Listing' and 'Broken Hill poised to become first entire Australian city to join National Heritage List'; ABC Broken Hill today also published a story by Alexandra Back, Gavin Coote and Julie Clift - 'Explainer: Broken Hill National Heritage listing'.

Barrier Daily Truth's - Erica Visser on 19 January 2015 - 'Long-awaited announcement expected'.

Once again, let's all rejoice!

Congratulations Broken Hill also known as the Silver City, no wonder I love you!

Cheers, Jane Deany
Melbourne based Broken Hill 'lover', blogging about Broken Hill since 2011.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Lonely Planet lists Broken Hill's Outback Astronomy in world's hottest new travel experiences for 2015

Congratulations to Broken Hill's Outback Astronomy tourism business which this week was included in Lonely Planet's 'world's hottest new travel experiences for 2015' list.

Twenty six attractions were listed and Outback Astronomy came in at number sixteen.

Well done to Outback Astronomy's founders Linda and Travis Nadge.

I was Outback Astronomy's guest on my recent visit to #BrokenHill last month and enjoyed a fantastic night of moon and star gazing. I happened to be there the same night that the Lonely Planet representative attended to do her research which was great. It provided a wonderful opportunity to talk about one of my favourite subjects - Broken Hill - and provide some must see tips.

I can highly recommend the experience.

Here's an article written by Linda Nadge on this blog on 28 May 2014 (www.ilovebrokenhill.com 's first guest post) - 'Outback Astronomy - starry skies shine in Broken Hill'.

Once again congratulations to Linda and Travis Nadge and their Outback Astronomy.

Cheers, Jane Deany
(meant to be having a blogging break, but this was worth a quick blog post!)

Thursday, 8 January 2015

I love Broken Hill relationship changes ... what?

Picture of me at my desk on the 2nd anniversary
of www.ilovebrokenhill.com (with one of my artworks).
Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and Google may wonder what I'm meaning, but yes I think that my 'relationship' with Broken Hill has been changing a little bit lately. Well really, more my relationship with www.ilovebrokenhill.com which is now in it's fourth year.

Many relationships improve when a break is taken, and I think it's time for me to take a break from www.ilovebrokenhill.com , although this decision certainly comes with some misgivings.

It's really more the fact that I want to spend time on other projects and other passions, so although there is still so much to write about, and story ideas in the pipeline etc..., I think the time is right for a little break.

When I mentioned a break about seven months ago on the 2.5 year anniversary of the blog, people encouraged me to continue, and I did. This post will be the 270th post, which is quite a lot of posts, an average of almost 90 per year.

I may still post something from time to time. I'm not sure yet. I almost certainly will, in a little while, but I'm not promising to.

I hope the listing of Broken Hill as Australia's first Heritage Listed City does happen very soon. It would be wonderful news. I read with concern that although the listing was meant to occur before Christmas 2014, it hadn't happened. Here's the link to the article from the local 'Barrier Daily Truth' of 2 January 2015 'Anxious silence over listing' by Emily Roberts.

Once again, I wish everyone a fantastic 2015.

Cheers, Jane Deany

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Happy 2015 Broken Hill - hope it's a prosperous and happy year for you!

Happy 2015 Broken Hill - hope it's a prosperous and happy year for you!

Cheers, Jane Deany

Sunday, 28 December 2014

Federation Way Broken Hill re-opens Saturday 27 December 2014

Federation Way in Broken Hill is the road that takes visitors and locals alike up the famous Line of Lode to the Miner's Memorial, Big Bench (and Broken Earth cafe complex-currently closed).

The road has been closed for seven months as it needed some major repairs. There were also issues with insurance to be sorted out.
Finally, it re-opened yesterday (well according to the local Barrier Daily Truth newspaper 25 December 2014 issue).

It's really great news for tourists and locals alike.

I was visiting the City earlier this month but unfortunately couldn't get up there, much to my disappointment. There was one way, but you had to pay for a tour around town to do it.

I believe the tour was a half day commitment - I guess you could always hop off after you'd been up there, but normally it's free access, so it was an expensive way to do it, and of course the time had to suit you too.

The Big Bench, Miner's Memorial (centre), Broken Earth
complex (left) and me. All on top of the Line of Lode and
all attractions accessed via Federation Way, Broken Hill
On this last trip to Broken Hill, a freelancer from the Lonely Planet was also in 'town'. We caught up several times. She's actually from Melbourne and it was her first trip to #BrokenHill.

She told me she thought of doing the tour, just to make the journey up the Line of Lode, but as mentioned, there were those restrictions so I'm not sure if she managed to visit in the end.

Anyhow, I'm very glad it has or will re-open any minute (as I'm not there, I'm not sure. Just reporting what the paper said).

Definitely it's a must for a visitor.

Enjoy the view as well.

Cheers, Jane Deany

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Festival of Lights, Happy Hanukkah 2014 from www.ilovebrokenhill.com

Hanukkah Menorah, image from Wikipedia
We are in the midst of the Jewish festival of Hanukkah right now.  Hanukkah in 2014 is being celebrated between sunset of Tuesday 16th until nightfall on Wednesday 24th of December.

The corresponding dates in the Hebrew calendar are 25 Kislev to 2 or 3 Tevet in the year 5773.

This eight day festival and holiday is a story involving revolution and miracles. Here is a simple, 'Hanukkah 2014: Dates, Rituals, History and How-To's For Celebrating The Festival of Lights' article from the Huffington Post website - see also link here.

I wish everyone who is celebrating the Festival of Lights, be they in Broken Hill or anywhere around the world, a wonderful celebration.

Happy Hanukkah, cheers, Jane D

Monday, 8 December 2014

www.ilovebrokenhill.com 3 year anniversary today. I still love #BrokenHill !

I've just returned from a fantastic week in #BrokenHill celebrating my www.ilovebrokenhill.com blog's three year anniversary which is today.

Here's a tweet with an image of me from the trip. It's actually taken on the Broken Hill train station with the famous Indian Pacific train in the background, and an impressive Royal Flying Doctor model aircraft display vehicle immediately behind me.
Me with the Indian Pacific train at Christmas concert
The train was in Broken Hill on the annual Christmas concert trip where there was a performance by well known band 'Chocolate Starfish' as well as a local school choir.

There were big crowds for the 7.20am start concert and it was a lot of fun and a lovely sunny warm day.

There's always something going on in Broken Hill.

I think one of the main reasons I love Broken Hill is because I always have a great time, every time I visit, and this trip was no exception. I had a fantastic time, and there's still plenty of things to write about, especially after this very action-packed and busy trip.

Cheers, Jane Deany