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.

Saturday, 28 November 2015

lineoflode.com Survey about the Line of Lode Broken Hill November to December 2015

Community Event
New South Wales Department of Primary Industries - Lands (Crown Lands) has engaged Allen Jack+Cottier to explore options for Broken Hill's iconic Line of Lode.

Line of Lode, Miners Memorial (top left) and
Broken Earth Complex (top right)
There is an online survey available to complete www.lineoflode.com which will remain available until approximately 6 December 2015. There are 22 questions within the 11 section Survey Monkey managed questionnaire.

The aim is to seek community feedback on how best to develop and preserve the heritage of the famous Line of Lode, and to better understand its role as on of the icons of Broken Hill.

Poppet Head on the way up the Line of Lode
Julie Clift of ABC Broken Hill's Outback Outlook weekday morning radio program interviewed the project director John Whittingham of Allen Jack+Cottier about the project earlier this week on Tuesday 24 November 2015.

See link to the interview below. The short interview (approximately 5 minutes) begins around the 19 minute mark of the podcast.


I've completed the survey. It's a great opportunity to have your views heard.

Survey link - www.lineoflode.com .

Link to information about the Line of Lode.

Link to a pictorial article/post I put together about the Line of Lode.

Cheers, Jane Deany

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

2015-2016 Summer School Holidays in Broken Hill

The Line of Lode with Miner's Memorial (left) and
Broken Earth Complex (right)
Given Broken Hill had the honour, and deservedly so, of becoming Australia's first National Heritage Listed City earlier this year (January 2015), why not take the opportunity to bring the family up to visit the city in the coming Christmas/summer school holidays.
Argent Street streetscape (the main street in Broken Hill).

I can't recommend the City highly enough.

Plan at least a few days as there's lots to see. Check out my Broken Hill Attractions page link (see above), for suggestions of what to see and do.


Jane Deany

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Broken Hill City Council seeks community input on service levels

Community Event
Broken Hill City Council is running a series of sessions to gain insights from the community on what people would like to see improved, maintained and in some cases decreased, across a range of Council services and facilities.

The first sessions were held last Friday 6 November 2015 at the Town Square.

From tomorrow Monday 9 November through to Saturday 14 November 2015 there will be a series of sessions at different locations around the city.

Monday's session is at Westside Plaza - 9-11am, 11am-1pm, 1-3pm

Tuesday's session is at Broken Hill Hospital 10am-2pm

Wednesday's session is at the Town Square 7.30-10am and 11.45am - 2pm and Coles 9am - 3pm.

Thursday's session is at Patton Street Newsagency 8-11am and Westside Plaza 9am-3pm

Friday's session is at Westside Plaza 9am - 3pm 

Saturday's session is at Community Markets 8am-1pm and Oxide Street Newsagency 7.30-11am.

Here is a link to Council's website where the timetable is listed and there is more information about the sessions and what Council is trying to achieve.


Cheers, Jane Deany

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery to receive $300,000 arts funding over 3 years

Art Scene

The following tweet takes you to some great news for Broken Hill's vibrant art scene -

Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery
The New South Wales State Government will provide $300,000 ($100,000 per year) as triennial funding for the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery so as to support the long term goals of greater community participation.

The focus is to engage and build more audiences.

The Member for Barwon, Kevin Humphries made the announcement recently.

Here is a link to the article from the Broken Hill City Council's website - Gallery Funding Welcomed.

It's more great news for Australia's first Heritage Listed City.

Go #BrokenHill.

Cheers, Jane Deany

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Silver City Cup Races 24 October 2015 Broken Hill

Community Event
It's that time of year again and the popular Silver City Cup horse races in Broken Hill are on next Saturday 24 October 2015. It's therefore another perfect time to visit the city in the coming week. Hopefully you might still be able to book some accommodation if you're not a local.

Silver City Cup
24 October 2015
Broken Hill

For more details call Cheryl Krutli on 0428 532 705.

There is $50,000 in prize money with six races.

Nominations close Monday 11am 19 October 2015.

Here's a link to Racing NSW website. NB this is a non TAB meeting.

Race 1 - Silver City Cup - (1600 metres)

Race 2 - Benchmark 60 Handicap (1100 metres)

Race 3 - Benchmark 55 Handicap (1400 metres)

Race 4 - Benchmark 45 Handicap (1200 metres)

Race 5 - Maiden Plate (900 metres)

Race 6 - Maiden Plate (1200 metres)

Fashion will all play a big part with assorted awards including -

Most elegant senior lady (age 55+)

Most elegant lady (age 25+)

Trendiest chick (age 16-25)

Miss teen (age 11-16)

Best dressed junior girl & boy (age 5-11)

Best dressed gent

Most stylish hat.

I haven't been lucky enough to get to Broken Hill's second biggest race meeting - the Silver City Cup (and the only other race meeting apart from the major event of the year - the St Patrick's Day races in March each year).

Happy punting, or just enjoy the fashion and socialising!

Cheers, Jane Deany

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Anna Macleod's Water Conversations - Broken Hill Art Exchange 10 October 2015

Irish visitor and Broken Hill Art Exchange Artist in Residence Anna Macleod is holding a special workshop at the Art Exchange this Saturday, 10 October 2015.

"Water Conversations" will look at climate change, rainwater and grey water harvesting systems from around the world.

Cost - $30

Where - 145-147 Duff Street, Broken Hill NSW 2880

Time - 2pm-5pm

Bookings - call -08 8088 3171

Sounds fascinating.

Cheers, Jane Deany

Monday, 28 September 2015

Broken Hill Chamber of Commerce AGM on 29 September 2015

Broken Hill Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting is on tomorrow - Tuesday, 29 September 2015.

I believe the Chamber of Commerce is always open for new members. It's a great way to help build a stronger business community.

Telephone 08 8087 2236.

This will be the 124th AGM and will be held at the Broken Hill Chamber of Commerce Board Room at 6.30pm. 164 Argent Street, #BrokenHill.
All members are welcome.

Earlier in the day the Small Biz Bus will be in town between 9am and 3pm in the Town Square. This is a service for small businesses to discuss and receive advice about any aspect of their business, from the Chamber's Small Biz Connect advisors.

Cheers, Jane Deany

Friday, 18 September 2015

Broken Hill Potters Society Annual Exhibition 'Magic Pud' opens tonight 18 September 2015

Town Hall Facade Gallery Broken Hill
Opening tonight - Broken Hill Potters Society Annual Exhibition

'Magic Pud' officially opened by local artist Amanda Johnson.

Take the opportunity to see this special exhibition and enjoy yet another part of Broken Hill's artistic community's creative expression.

The exhibition is on at the Town Hall Facade Gallery -

256 Argent Street (the main {shopping} street) in Broken Hill.

The official exhibition opening was tonight, Friday night 18 September 2015.

The exhibition runs from 18 to 25 September 2015 10am - 4pm.

A quality selection of pottery/ceramics, handmade and kiln fired jewellery is available at reasonable prices.

Enjoy, cheers, Jane Deany

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Broken Heel Festival #BrokenHill 11, 12, 13 September 2015!

Community Event - three fun days - Broken Hill's Broken Heel Festival 11, 12, 13 September 2015

The Palace Hotel Broken Hill, the hotel where the hit movie 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert' was filmed is inviting you to frock up and join them in celebrating Priscilla's biggest 21st birthday bash this coming weekend!

I hear that life in the outback is never a drag! Broken Hill is Australia's first Heritage Listed city and will open its charms and give visitors and locals the opportunity to dust off the ABBA album, walk the same stairs, the same hallways and rub shoulders with the drag of drags.

Click on the bold link below to see the promo video via Facebook 
The hotel from Priscilla Queen of the Desert invites you ....
Posted on
Facebook by Broken Hill's Broken Heel Festival on Thursday, February 26, 2015
It's being billed as an adventure which will change the way you think, the way you feel, the way you dress!

They're kicking up their drag heels in Broken Hill, so there's no better time to visit than this weekend. There is a full program of events scheduled. It sounds like total fun!

Happy 21st Birthday Priscilla!

Enjoy, cheers, Jane Deany

Friday, 28 August 2015

Silver City Minerals and Impact Minerals joint venture drilling commencing Spring 2015

Mining Industry
A bit of mining news!
Drilling is to commence next week at the 'High Grade Copper-Nickel-Platinum Project' in Broken Hill - ASX Announcement 26 August 2015 (number 418/260815)

Here is the announcement, sourced from the Silver City Minerals website - main points -

A drill program of up to 1,500 m of diamond drilling is due to start by the end of next week at Impact Minerals Limited (ASX:IPT) high grade copper-nickel-platinum (PGM) joint venture project near Broken Hill in New South Wales.

The drill program will test seven targets (T1 to T7) at the Red Hill Prospect which covers about one square kilometre, where Impact has discovered a 25 to 30 metre thick near-surface layer of copper-nickel-PGM mineralisation. The mineralisation mostly occurs in two zones of high grade drill intercepts called the Upper and Lower Zones (Figures 1 and 2-see website) which returned:

Upper Zone: 9.5 m at 4.7 g/t 3PGM, 1.5% copper and 0.8% nickel including
5.1 m at 11 g/t 7PGM, 1.9% copper and 0.9% nickel (RHD001) and
5.2 m at 7.9 g/t 7PGM, 1.1% copper and 1.6% nickel (RHD006)
Lower Zone: 9.9 m at 6.7 g/t 3PGM, 1.4% copper and 0.3% nickel including
4.2 m at 11.8 g/t 7PGM, 2.6% copper and 0.5% nickel (RHD001) and
13.8 m at 6.6 g/t 7PGM, 1.1% copper and 0.3% nickel (RHD006).

Note 3PGM = Platinum-palladium-gold and 7PGM = 3PGM + osmium, iridium, rhodium, ruthenium where assayed (full details in Table 1-see website for table).

These results are some of the highest grades of PGM ever reported in Australia.

The two zones of mineralisation are interpreted to dip at a shallow angle to the south and may be increasing in width and grade with depth (Figure 1-see website). In addition the mineralisation is in part coincident with an Induced Polarisation (IP) chargeability anomaly identified in a ground geophysical survey (Figures 1 and 2-see website). This is Target T1 and follow up drilling is planned to test the mineralisation at depth and along trend (Figure 2)-see website.

The other five drill targets consist of one ground (T2) and one down hole (T3) electromagnetic anomaly, a rock chip geochemical anomaly (T4), two induced polarisation (IP) anomalies (T5 and T7) and an airborne magnetic anomaly (T6) (see announcement dated 1st April 2015).

Further drill targets may also be identified from the results of a recently completed ground gravity survey over the area. Interpretation of this data is in progress.

The drill rig is scheduled to mobilise to site early next week.


Stay tuned for further developments.


Jane Deany

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

RIP Beret from Menindee, my Broken Hill connection

Around nine years ago, I was staying in Broken Hill on one of my many visits. I was staying with a friend who had a little Maltese Shih Tzu cross dog called Bear (sp?). I was so taken with Bear that I thought I'd find out where he came from.

Turns out he came from Menindee. A little town 110 km south east of Broken Hill. I decided I'd go home via Menindee and see if there were any more little relatives of Bear.

I came across one last little pup from a litter, and bought my first ever dog, who was a cousin of Bear.

I named her Beret (semi named after Bear).

Very sadly, about a month ago, I had to have Beret put down due to health reasons.

Luckily I still have another dog named 'Who' whom I bought on the way home from another trip to Broken Hill about six years ago. That's another story.

You were a funny little dog Beret, with quirky habits and a lot of energy. My brother always said it was like she had drunk too much coffee.

Who and I miss you Beret. But we won't forget you.

So it's simply ... RIP Beret.

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Congratulations to the winners of the Inland Tourism Awards 2015

Linda Nadge (L), Jane Deany- aka me (centre) and
Travis Nadge (R). Linda & Travis Nadge -
Bronze Award for Specialised Tourism Services.
Community Event
It was great to be in Broken Hill recently to attend the Inland Tourism Awards for 2015. I knew a few of the finalists, and was pleased to witness friends receiving assorted awards from Bronze through to Gold, and for one Broken Hill 'superstar' operator - Tri State Safaris, further, repeat inductions into the Hall of Fame. Tri State was inducted for the Tour and/or Transport Operator category and (with Mutawintji Ecotours) -  Indigenous Tourism.

Here is a link to the Inland Tourism Awards website which lists all the 2015 winners 


The event was held at the Broken Hill Civic Centre and there were approximately 240 guests. Eighty percent of the guests were visitors connected with the finalists and the finalists themselves.

Finalists came from the following four regional tourist areas of Central, Inland, Murray and Riverina NSW.

Winners of the Inland Tourism Awards gain finalist status upon entering the NSW State Awards,  and if successful, go into the National Tourism Awards.

I was delighted to sit with Gold Award Winners Eldee Station, who won the Unique Accommodation category, and my friends Linda and Travis Nadge who won Bronze in the Specialised Tourism Services category for their new Outback Astronomy business.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service Bruce Langford Visitor Centre (Broken Hill) won the Silver Award for the Tourism Attractions category.

Multi award winning Tri State Safaris won the Gold Award for both the Ecotourism category and Adventure Tourism category.

There were 26 categories in all.

It was a fantastic night. Guest were entertained by the Desert Queens and there was a Priscilla Queen of the Desert theme.

Congratulations to all the winners.


Jane Deany

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Galleries in Broken Hill and Silverton - 2015 update

Art Scene - current list of Galleries in Broken Hill and Silverton as of July 2015

Absalom's Gallery (formerly Jack Absalom Gallery)
638 Chapple St
08 8087 5881

Art Confessions (Tania Marie Reeves)
313A Argent St
0428 715 237

Art on Argent
311 Argent St
08 8087 2306

Beyond 39 Dips - Silverton
19 Stirling St, Silverton
08 8088 7566

Broken Hill Art Exchange
145-157 Duff St, South Broken Hill
08 8088 3171

Broken Hill Musicians Club Gallery Bar
276 Crystal St
08 8088 1777

Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery
404-408 Argent St
08 8088 3440

Bush N' Beyond (Wendy Martin/Ian Lewis)
4 Argent St (off Gossan St)
08 8087 8807

Cowz Art Gallery Silverton
21 Stirling St Silverton Heights
08 8087 2002

Eric McCormick Gallery367 McCulloch St
08 8087 8486

Howard William Steer Art Gallery721 William St
08 8087 4736

Jarrah Mosaics
169 Chapple St
08 8087 4478

John Dynon Gallery - Silverton
2 Sturt St, Silverton

08 8088 6654

Julie Hart Gallery
65 Williams St
08 8087 4448

Pace's Mineral Art Gallery (Laurie Pace)
323 Wilson St
08 8087 6651

Pro Hart Gallery
108 Wyman St
08 8087 2441

Silver City Mint & Art Centre (Big Picture)
66 Chloride St
08 8088 6166

Spirit of the Outback Gallery (Jenny Cattonar)
662 Argent St
08 8087 4828

The Art of Deirdre Edwards (formerly Dee's Studio Gallery)
34 Williams Lane
08 8088 3913

The Homestead Gallery (Andrea Blundell)
377 Chloride St
08 8087 9005

The Horizon Gallery - Silverton (Albert Woodroffe)
Diagonally Opposite Silverton Hotel
08 8088 5331

Wayne Williams Gallery81 Harris St
0428 447 184

West Darling Arts (Gallery)
256 Argent St - Town Hall Facade

08 8087 9035

Whites Mine, Mineral Art & Living Mining Museum
1 Allendale St

08 8087 2878

That should keep you busy!

I think it's time Broken Hill had an 'Art Muster' event! What do you think?

Cheers, Jane Deany

Friday, 24 July 2015

Congratulations Jodi Daley & Badger Bates winners Outback Open Art Prize 2015

Badger Bates (L) and Jodi Daley (R)
'Cailin and Tunjili - Steamers Point, Wilcannia 2015'
Winners 2015 Outback Open Art Prize
Art Scene
Earlier this evening the winner of the 2015 Outback Open Art Prize was announced by the judge of the award, John Cheeseman, Director of the Mosman Art Gallery, in Broken Hill at the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery (BHRAG).

I am delighted to announce that the winner of the $15,000 acquisitive prize was a joint work by local Broken Hill artist Jodi Daley and Wilcannia* artist Badger Bates with their piece entitled -

'Cailin and Tunjili - Steamers Point, Wilcannia 2015'.

John Cheeseman, Director Mosman Art Gallery (centre) and
Cathy Farry Manager 
Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery (right)
Both artists are first time winners of the this prize and of a major art prize.

Congratulations to you both it's a wonderful artwork created from pigment, oil paint and steel.

It was a who's who in the local art world at the BHRAG and the first time I was able to attend. It was also a fantastic opportunity for the many visitors to the city to come and see the fabulous gallery, as the Inland NSW Tourism Awards are on tomorrow night in Broken Hill and there are many tourism specialists buzzing around the tourist attractions over the next few days.

The second prize of $2,500 (non-acquisitive) went to Clara Adolphs, 'Coober Pedy from Mars (Self Portrait)', 2015.

Welcome to the visitors and congratulations Jodi, Badger and Clara.

Badger Bates (L) and Jodi Daley (R), winners Outback Open Art Prize 2015
'Cailin and Tunjili - Steamers Point, Wilcannia 2015', p
igment, oil paint and steel.
Exhibition details -

Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery
404-408 Argent Street, Broken Hill NSW 2880, Australia

Exhibition dates - 24 July - 6 September 2015.

Opening hours are 10 am – 5 pm weekdays and 11 am - 4 pm weekends.

Entry is by gold coin donation.

Tomorrow morning Saturday 25 July 2015, 11am is a morning tea at the BHRAG where there will be the opportunity to meet some of the finalists.

Everyone is welcome.

Finalists for the Outback Open Art Prize 2015.
Clara Adolphs, Coober Pedy from Mars (Self Portrait), 2015
Lyn Ahmat, Outback Heat Shimmer, 2015
Jessica Anderson, The Homeland, 2015
Jodi Daley and Badger Bates, Cailin and Tunjili – Steamers Point Wilcannia, 2015
Badger Bates, Danger Lurking, 2015
Ian Bell, Jim Jim, 2014
Ray Blick, Boots for Nev, 2015
Cynthia Bourke, Walking in Two Worlds, Mr Eddy My Grandfather, 2014
Dean Burns, Snapper MLA 210, 2015
Anh Do, Stranger at the Bus Stop, 2015
Philip Drummond, Nothing to Regret, 2015
Laura Grace, Water, 2014
Jody Graham, Pinhole Camera Memories from Fowlers Gap, 2015
Michele Heibel, Chance of Rain, 2015
Anna Henderson, Myall Station, 2015
Margaret Hutchings, Rabbit Proof Fence, 2014
Andrea Jenkins, Deserted, 2015
Gail Kellett, Vale Classics, 2015
Gladdy Kemarre, Anwekety (Bush Plum), 2014
Anne Kern, Desalination Tower, 2015
Nadia Kliendanze, Aussie Gothic, 2015
Carmen Ky, Finding Fossils Sandy Desert, 2015
Kathryn McGovern, Trophy, 2015
Lindy McSwan, Horizon Lines, 2014
Pat Moss, Stephens Creek Nine Mile, 2015
Annabel Nowlan, Drovers Wife V, 2015
Geoff Overheu, Flies, 2015
Geoff Overheu, Ants, 2015
Brenda Runnegar, Hay Plains, 2015
Luke Sciberras, Wilcannia Study for Fishing Barrel Gallipoli, 2014
Debbie Sheezal, River run, 2015
Natalya Shinn, Above White Cliffs, 2015
Salli Sixpence, Return to Country, 2015
Andrew Stacey, Warrawong Lagoon, 2015
Christopher Stenning, 1963 – In Memoriam, 2014
Alli Symons, Willy Willies From Many Lands Across Australia, 2015
Shane Vink, Red Planet Winter, 2015
Steffie Wallace, Moonlit Dust Storm Mutitjulu, 2015
Patricia Walsh, Desert Gold – Channel Country, 2015
Sally West, The Windmill – Plein Air, 2015
Sally West, The Road Boss – Plein Air, 2015
David Wiggs, A Fine Line, 2014

*Wilcannia is about 196km east of Broken Hill on the Darling River.

Cheers, Jane Deany

Broken Hill's 2015 Outback Open Art Prize winner will be announced tonight 24 July

Art Scene
The winner of the annual “Outback Open Art Prize” will be announced tonight at the Broken HillRegional Art Gallery (BHRAG). The event has come to be known as the highlight of the cultural calendar in Broken Hill.

There are 43 finalists this year. Finalists were selected from nearly 200 entries. The finalist's works will be exhibited at the BHRAG. The prestigious acquisitive first prize is valued at $15,000.

This year's judge is John Cheeseman, director of the Mosman Art Gallery.

The exhibition opens tonight 24 July 2015 at 6.00 pm at –

404-408 Argent Street, Broken Hill NSW 2880, Australia

Exhibition dates - 24 July - 6 September 2015.

Janine Mackintosh 'Droughts and Flooding Rains' 2011
Winner 2011 Outback Open Art Prize
Acacia Pycnantha (Golden Wattle), twigs, linen thread,
and bookbinders gum on canvas © Image courtesy the artist
Opening hours are 10 am – 5 pm weekdays and 11 am - 4 pm weekends.

Entry is by gold coin donation.

The second prize is non-acquisitive $2,500, and there is also an $800 encouragement prize awarded.

Total prize pool $18,300.

The judge will look for works that reflect the spirit and diversity of the Australian outback.

The prize is once again proudly sponsored by Mrs Raylee J Hart.

Good luck to the finalists and do try and get along to the exhibition. I am sure it will be well worth it. The gallery alone is worth a visit, it houses a wonderful permanent collection.

Cheers, Jane Deany