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.

Monday, 18 May 2015

More good solar news in the Broken Hill region

It was great to read that the solar plant on the edge of Silverton, in the Broken Hill region was starting to take shape.

The plant, a joint initiative between AGL, First Solar and the Australian Government, will reportedly cost approximately $150 million.

ABC Broken Hill reported the story earlier this month. Here's the link to the article by Alexandra Back - http://www.abc.net.au/local/photos/2015/05/08/4232122.htm

Alexandra put it very well by describing that Broken Hill is transitioning from a Silver City to a Solar City.

Here's a Tweet that includes an image from the story 
could add that Broken Hill's also transitioning more and more to a tourism city, what with the National Heritage City Listing in January this year. But that's another story, and there is still much to made of that significant development.

Anyhow, if you're interested in the solar journey (I first wrote about the proposal in November 2012), I think there's still plenty of room for further developments in that space as well, so stay tuned.

Cheers, Jane Deany

Friday, 8 May 2015

I love Broken Hill

Me at Broken Hill Station for the 2014 Indian Pacific Christmas concert
I think everyone knows I love Broken Hill.

Today's post will be my 290th article and I have a really simple message to share.

I am often asked do I get paid or receive money directly from this blog and the answer is no.

One day I might receive recompense in a monetary form, but I haven't really tried to make money directly from www.ilovebrokenhill.com.

The Palace Hotel Broken Hill has accommodated me briefly in the past, thanks again Esther La Rovere (I wrote a blog post on 24 September 2013 about my stay to thank The Palace Hotel team), and Outback Astronomy treated me as their guest for a wonderful night sky viewing late last year, thanks Linda and Travis Nadge. Linda wrote a blog post for www.ilovebrokenhill.com on 28 May 2014, as my first (and so far only) guest blogger on she and her husband's new astronomy tourism business. It was a great night.

So to answer the money making query another way is, as my blog revolves around loving something, namely Broken Hill, and a true demonstration of loving anything, as you may know, is about giving without expecting anything in return, therefore, I don't expect to make money from something I love!

Mind you, there's a saying - "do something you love and the money will follow" - but that's another story for another day ;-)

Cheers, Jane Deany

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Waiting for the Broken Hill report

Line of Lode with Miner's Memorial (L) and Broken Earth Complex (R)
I mentioned in my last post of 18 April that I had some friends - Jane and Richard - heading up to Broken Hill. Their red dust covered vehicle has been spotted once again back in Melbourne.

So now I wait to bombard them with questions about what their impressions were of the Hill. A text suggested the trip was going really well.

I had hoped to report today on some of their favourite things from their road trip, but my life's been hectic so there's been no chance to catch Jane or Richard ... yet.

So stay tuned. I'm super keen to hear their stories. It will be fascinating, at least for me, and hopefully for you too dear readers, to hear a different perspective about Broken Hill.

Cheers, Jane Deany

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Some Melbourne friends are visiting Broken Hill this week!

Kintore Mine Headframe, Broken Hill
Some of my Hawthorn/Melbourne friends are visiting Broken Hill in the next week, so if you happen to meet J and R, I'm sure you'll make them very welcome.

At my recommendation, they're staying at The Palace Hotel.

I've also made lots of recommendations of things to do, so I hope they'll be able to fit everything in. I still haven't been able to do all of the big tourist attractions. Next time perhaps?

They're travelling via Mildura and Mungo National Park, although I hear recent rains could make that leg of their trip a bit tricky? I hope not. Anyhow, they have a four wheel drive. R remarked that if they road was closed, they might end up spending more time in #BrokenHill.

Wishing you a fantastic trip J and R.

Cheers, Jane Deany

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Lessons I've learned from ilovebrokenhill.com

It's the 8th of April today which means it's time for me to write a blog post on www.ilovebrokenhill.com .

What do I mean by that? When I began my blog www.ilovebrokenhill.com blog on 8 December 2011, I made a mental note that I would publish on the 8th, 18th and 28th day of each month, plus one other day, so I would average roughly one post per week.

So today, rather than write about Broken Hill itself, I'll give a tip for would be bloggers.

For me, having this self imposed 'schedule' has helped me keep my commitment to post on the days of the month I just mentioned, ever since I began the blog.

There has been only one day I've missed the date, I posted an hour and a thirteen minutes after 18 November 2012, i.e. 1.13am on the 19th instead. In that instance, I was working on a submission for some work in Broken Hill which had a deadline of the 18th at 11.59 pm, so as I was focused on that, I missed my arbitrary deadline. I still posted, just a little late, in the early hours of the following morning. (Scheduling posts in advance is another handy tip, especially if you know you'll be busy etc... on a nominated/designated publishing date).

Me at my desk in blogging mode
So I think it has simply been a matter of pride that I've wanted to stick to the commitment I made to myself from the very beginning of www.ilovebrokenhill.com.

Therefore, if you're a blogger and are having writer's block etc..., maybe make an agreement with yourself like I did. It might just help.

Oh, and my other tip today is, be passionate about your subject. I think that's the other, and equally important reason I have been able to keep writing about Broken Hill.

And, given Broken Hill's recent National Heritage City listing, which was announced on 20 January 2015, when #BrokenHill became Australia's first city to have such an honour, I'm obviously not the only person who loves Broken Hill.

Cheers, Jane Deany

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Happy Easter 2015 Broken Hill!

Wishing everyone in Broken Hill, Melbourne and everywhere else in the world -

happiness and peace on this
Easter Sunday 5 April 2015.

Cheers, Jane Deany

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Chag Pesach Sameach - Happy Passover Holiday 2015

Passover (Pesach) 2015 runs from -

sunset Friday 3 April until sunset Saturday 11 April

So in the midst of the first day of Passover, I wish all readers of the Jewish faith, whether they be in Broken Hill, Israel or anywhere else in the world -

Chag Pesach Sameach (Happy Passover Holiday) #chagsameach

Cheers, Jane Deany

Saturday, 28 March 2015

White's Mineral Art Gallery & Living Mining Museum

A good 'problem' with Broken Hill is that there are just so many things to do that it's hard to fit everything in when you visit.

I was surprised to hear that many people only schedule a one night stop-over in the city, as they didn't realise how much there was to do and see. One night is definitely too short.

Although I've been to Broken Hill countless times since my first visit in 2002, I'm sorry to say I haven't visited White's Mineral Art and Living Mining Museum, but I've heard many good things about it. It's often been on my list but I've run out of time.

I was pleased to come across a Tweet to a link to an interesting article by a recent Broken Hill visitor, Gayle Beveridge, who spent some time at White's earlier this month.

Address - 1 Allendale Street, Broken Hill

Telephone - 08 8087 2878

9am - 5pm daily

I've added a link taking you to her blog post, which tells of her enjoyable time at the museum http://www.weekendnotes.com/whites-mineral-art-and-living-mining-museum-and-doll-and-bear-cottage/
Here are some other links to more information about this unique attraction.



There is also an extensive 'doll and bear display'. Kevin 'Bushy' White and his wife Betty own and run the museum and gallery. There is a small entry fee.

Enjoy, cheers, Jane Deany

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Broken Hill's Heritage City Listing is described on For Real Facebook Page

Much publicity surrounded Broken Hill's Heritage City Listing on 20 January 2015.

I found this great short video below on Broken Hill For Real's Facebook Page. It is certainly worth watching to hear the story of the ten plus year campaign to #BrokenHill's listing.

The video shows key players in the push for the listing, including Professor Simon Molesworth (Chairman, International National Trusts Organisation, heritage commissioner for five years and the main proponent for the Heritage City listing), conservation architect and heritage consultant Elizabeth Vines OAM and Mayor Wincen Cuy (who now wants World Heritage Listing).


Jane Deany

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Brimming wins Broken Hill's 50th St Patrick's Races 'Outback Cup'

Community Event/Races
The 50th annual St Patrick's Races were run today in Broken Hill. There were eight races altogether. The main race was Race 6, the 1600 metre Clubs NSW & Keno 'Outback Cup'.

Twelve horses competed in the 'Cup' and No. 3, the 5 year old chestnut 'Brimming', trained by Morphetville trainer Gordon Carter and ridden by apprentice jockey Zac Spain, took out the race ahead of 2nd placed Tresette and 3rd placed NZ horse St Ives. Tresette also came 2nd last year, but won the Cup in 2013.

Altogether there were 138 nominations to start in the 8 races. Racing co-ordinator Trevor Odgers was amazed at the figure, having not seen anything like such a number in years.

Details of the full field and results can be found via this link -

I wish I could have been there. I went to the 47th St Patrick's Races in 2012. It was the first time the race had been held on the actual St Patrick's Day itself. (See my blog post of 18 March 2012).

It's definitely an experience worth having.

Cheers, Jane Deany

Sunday, 8 March 2015

International Women's Day 2015 ... Broken Hill

Wishing the women of Broken Hill, Melbourne and the world over, every opportunity to achieve what they want to in life, on this International Women's Day (IWD) 2015.
IWD (8 March) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, IWD is a national holiday. IWD was first officially celebrated in 1911.

Here is the link to the dedicated website - www.internationalwomensday.com . Australia has 208 official events listed to help celebrate the day.

As the day draws to a close, I hope you've been able to celebrate IWD in some special way, or at least remember the occasion and reflect upon how far women have come, and how far they still have to go to achieve equality.

Cheers, Jane Deany

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