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.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

International Women's Day 2017 in Broken Hill includes Gaara Arts exhibition at Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery

Art Scene
On this International Women's Day 2017, in Broken Hill recognition of women includes Gaara Arts' exhibition 'Out of the Zone - Gaara Arts Cabinet Exhibition' at Broken Hill's fabulous Regional Art Gallery.

Who is Gaara Arts you might ask? It's Broken Hill's all women art group.

See link here for details about the exhibition together with several other current exhibitions, which include the Far West Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Prize.



Jane Deany

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Broken Hill tourist season hots up 1 March 2017 when weather cools ...

Sign on the Silver City Highway heading
north after Wentworth.

Tomorrow, 1 March 2017 is ...

the beginning of the annual tourist season in Broken Hill, so start planning your trip to Australia's first heritage listed city now.

Autumn is one of the best times to visit #BrokenHill as the summer heat starts to fade.

The picture at left is a sign you should encounter on the Silver City Highway as you head north from Melbourne, Mildura and/or Wentworth towards Broken Hill, AKA the Silver City.

Cheers, enjoy your trip and I recommend more than a one night stay as there's so much to see and do.

Jane Deany

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Happy New Year 2017 Broken Hill and everyone - it's all about time today

Happy New Year for 2017. Today is all about the passing of time. One interesting fact about Broken Hill is that although the city is situated in New South Wales which runs on Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT), #BrokenHill actually uses Australian Central Daylight Time (ACDT), the time zone used by South Australia. The reason being that the city is relatively close to the South Australian border and the nearest capital city is the South Australian city of Adelaide.

Silver City Highway, 40 km south of Broken Hill
When you drive north up the 683 km Silver City Highway, about 40 km south of Broken Hill you will come across a sign, see pictured, advising that you should turn back your clock/watch by half an hour.

Broken Hill is unique in Australia because of this arrangement.

I remember my second trip to Broken Hill on New Year's Eve 2005-6. It was fun for me to be able to celebrate two New Year's Eves, the first one back home in Melbourne Victoria which is another one of the Australian states using the Australian Eastern Daylight Time, and then half an hour later, celebrating again with everyone else in Broken Hill.

That's a little bit of trivia about Broken Hill to start 2017.

Happy New Year everyone.

Cheers, Jane Deany

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Browne Shaft Headframe at Junction Mine Broken Hill

Junction Mine Browne Shaft Headframe
I recently tweeted about www.ilovebrokenhill.com's 5th anniversary. The image I used, which is currently this blog's header image and the picture in this post, prompted the query, is that Browne's Mine? The question was posed by an ex Broken Hill resident.

I must say 'well spotted' to them.

And I admit, I was initially actually unsure of the headframe's name, so I rang the very helpful #BrokenHill visitor information centre, and together with their help and also reference to Elizabeth Vines' 2010 "Broken Hill A guide to the Silver City" we confirmed the details.

The picture is of Junction Mine's wooden headframe that was erected over Browne Shaft in the 1890's. It is the oldest remaining headframe on the #lineoflode.

You can see the mine and associated buildings on the Menindee Road, just on the edge of Broken Hill.

The image was taken by me around 7am in January 2013. Isn't the light lovely. It's one of the features that Broken Hill is know for i.e. great light and natural vivid colours. It is another reason why Broken Hill is so popular with artists.


Cheers, Jane Deany

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Happy 5th Birthday ilovebrokenhill.com

Mystery* mine headframe near visitor centre Broken Hill
It is www.ilovebrokenhill.com's 5th birthday today 8 December 2016.

Thanks to the over 172,000 people who have visited my blog over the past 5 years.

Broken Hill has often been in my thoughts over this year.

May the city thrive and prosper in the coming years.

I will continue to post on a semi random basis.

Please stay 'tuned'.

Cheers, Jane Deany

*Okay, so the mystery mine headframe is from the Kintore Shaft at the Central Mine. The headframe was moved to the 'Kintore Reserve' in Blende Street, from Central Mine in 1984 to make way for open cut mining activities.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Ann Rogers of Broken Hill

I was very sad to learn that Broken Hill’s Ann Rogers had died on 7 November 2016 after a brief battle with cancer.

Ann was an amazing woman who was involved in so many aspects of community life in Broken Hill.

She was the President of the Broken Hill Chamber of Commerce and Manager of the local Robinson College and Alesco Learning Centre.

She also was a generous volunteer. She seemed to have her finger in many pies.
Ann Rogers image from

She coordinated the Fringe Festival in 2014 and 2015. Ann supported Patton Village where the Festival was held, in many ways.

She was previously the General Manager of the Broken Hill Legion Club.

I met Ann several years ago when I approached her to look at running a social media course at Robinson College. She was very open to the idea. The main stumbling block for myself to run the course was the logistics of it all (given I am based in Melbourne).

She will leave an incredible gap in the Broken Hill community.

Her passion, energy and warmth will be missed.

R.I.P. Ann Rogers

Monday, 22 August 2016

Siesta ilovebrokenhill, #BrokenHill, #Twitter, #BrokenHeel shout out

Hi everyone,

Well I may be a little missing in action on www.ilovebrokenhill.com, but I certainly haven't forgotten about you and I have been keenly keeping an eye out on news of the fabulous and first Australian #HeritageListedCity AKA #BrokenHill.

So whilst I take a little time out from regular blogging right here on www.ilovebrokenhill.com (I will make the occasional cameo, like now).

999 ABC Broken Hill Studios #BrokenHill
You can keep up with all the Broken Hill news via 999, even when I'm not blogging! 
After four years of very regular posting, everyone needs a holiday, however, I'm still #microblogging via #Twitter.

Just keep an eye out for #BrokenHill and you will see me retweeting and favouriting on a regular basis with my @ilovebrokenhill Twitter account. Only problem with this is that, still, not a lot of Broken Hill folks use Twitter. Oh well, each to their own.

And, whilst I'm here, and I have your attention, don't forget the #BrokenHeelFestival is coming up once again on 9-11 September 2016.

Here is their website http://www.bhfestival.com


Jane Deany

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Gaara Arts Inc celebrate International Women's Day 2016 in Broken Hill

Art Scene

On International Women's Day 2016, Gaara Arts Inc continues to hold the group's annual art exhibition titled "Looking Forward, Looking Back - A Woman's View" at the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery.

Gaara Arts Inc is Broken Hill's all women art group.

Also on display is an exhibition by Gayle Rodgers titled "Inspired" and the 2016 Far West Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Prize exhibition.

Exhibition details -

Date - From Friday 29 January 2016
Place - Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery
Address - 404-408 Argent Street, Broken Hill
Phone - 08 8080 3440
Hours - Monday - Sunday 10am - 5pm

For more details see the following link to the Broken Hill City Council's website.

The exhibitions will all run until 13 March 2016.

The timing of the Gaara Arts exhibition is designed to coincide with International Women's Day which this year is on 8 March - today.

I congratulate the women of Gaara Arts for their continued contribution to the rich art scene in Broken Hill.

Enjoy, cheers Jane Deany

Sunday, 6 March 2016

'Today' show 'We Love Australia Week' in Silverton 7 March 2016

Channel 9's 'Today' show will be touring Australia this week and tomorrow morning, Monday 7 March 2016 finds team member Ross Greenwood in ghost town #Silverton, some 26 km from Broken Hill.

Filming will be on between 5.30 am - 8 am.

You can get there under your own steam or catch the free shuttle bus at 5am and 6am which leaves from the Broken Hill Visitor Information Centre.

If you can't make it, just tune into free to air Channel 9.

The Today show team will visit a number of special Australian destinations over the week-long road trip. You can find out more on their website - http://www.9jumpin.com.au/show/today/

Sounds like a lot of fun.

Cheers, Jane Deany

Monday, 8 February 2016

Happy Chinese New Year for 2016 to Broken Hill residents and everyone worldwide

It's the year of the Monkey in 2016, I do hope everyone enjoys the Chinese New Year celebrations.

Happy Chinese New Year.

Cheers, Jane Deany

Friday, 29 January 2016

Gaara Arts Inc Looking Forward, Looking Back-A Woman's View and Gayle Rodgers-Inspired - exhibitions open in Broken Hill

Art Scene/Community Event

In the lead up to International Women's Day 2016, Gaara Arts Inc is opening their annual art exhibition titled "Looking Forward, Looking Back - A Woman's View" tonight at the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery.

Gaara Arts Inc is Broken Hill's all women art group.

Also opening tonight is an exhibition by Gayle Rodgers titled "Inspired".

Exhibition details -

Date - Friday 29 January 2016
Time - 6pm
Place - Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery
Address - 404-408 Argent Street, Broken Hill
Phone - 08 8080 3440
Hours - Monday - Sunday 10am - 5pm

For more details see the following link to the Broken Hill City Council's website.

The exhibitions will both run until 13 March 2016.

The timing of the Gaara Arts exhibition is designed to coincide with International Women's Day which this year is on 8 March.

Enjoy, cheers Jane Deany

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery 2016 Far West Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Prize Exhibition opens tonight

Interior Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery
Art Scene/Community Event
The 2016 Far West Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Prize (FWATSIAP) Exhibition opens tonight at the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery.

Details -
Date - Thursday 28 January 2016
Time - 6pm
Place - Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery
Address - 404-408 Argent Street, Broken Hill
Phone - 08 8080 3440
Hours - Monday - Sunday 10am - 5pm

The prize is presented by Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery and West Darling Arts and is supported by Maari Ma Health Aboriginal Corporation.

The FWATSIAP comprises 4 awards.

A. Open 2 Dimensional Art Prize (1st prize awarded - value $1,500)
B. Open 3 Dimensional Art Prize (1st prize awarded - value $1,500)
C. Young Artists (1st prize awarded - Art pack to the value of $100)
People's Choice Award ($500)

For more details see the following link to the Broken Hill City Council's website.

The exhibition will run until 13 March 2016.

This is an alcohol free event.

Enjoy, cheers Jane Deany

Broken Hill Australia's 1st National Heritage Listed City 1st Anniversary Celebrations

Broken Hill Post Office (right) and Town Square (far left)
Community Event
Today Broken Hill will officially celebrate the first anniversary of the city's National Heritage Listed City status in celebrations at the Town Square in Argent Street (opposite the Post Office).

Time - 9am - 12 noon

Official proceedings 9.30am-10am (Central Standard Time).

Cost - Free

The official proceedings will be live streamed via Periscope @BrokenHillCity (Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browsers required to view).

You can find out more information from the Broken Hill City Council website -


No doubt it will be lots of fun.

Wish I could be there.

Congratulations on the first anniversary of your National Heritage City Listing Broken Hill.

Cheers, Jane Deany

Friday, 8 January 2016

Royal Flying Doctor Service RFDS Bruce Langford Visitor Centre #BrokenHill

Searching Twitter with #BrokenHill took me to Instagram this time for a story idea for my first www.ilovebrokenhill.com blog post for 2016. Okay, the topic isn't new to my blog, but it's a good one nonetheless.

And before I go on about one of my favourite subjects, namely Broken Hill, I wish readers and everyone a very Happy New Year.

I hope 2016 is a wonderful year for you all in every way.

Back to the Tweet -

Instagram post-

which as you can see, relates to the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) in Broken Hill.

Today I want to highlight this important service yet again, not just because it provides a great tourist attraction experience for Broken Hill visitors, but because it relies on donations for much of its work and I want to support the fantastic work that they do.


Because your and my life may one day quite literally depend upon the RFDS.

The RFDS plays a vital role in the care of sick and injured people in remote areas such as #BrokenHill and the Far West Corner of New South Wales.

Broken Hill is in the South Eastern Section of the RFDS. The RFDS operates in remote areas around Australia and covers over 7.3 million square kilometres.

The Bruce Langford Visitor Centre is at the RFDS located at the Broken Hill Airport in South Broken Hill and is open daily. The Centre won the Silver Award for the Tourism Services Category at the Inland NSW Tourism Awards in July 2015.

Visitors are welcome to browse through the Centre and watch a film about RFDS operations at Broken Hill.

Guided tours are available which describe the full extent of the RFDS's aeromedical services. Visitors can view the communications room and, via a viewing platform, they can see the medically outfitted aircraft and the hangar.

Visitors also have the opportunity to see a working RFDS in action, every day of the week.

Royal Flying Doctor Service merchandise is available for purchase at the souvenir shop (or from the RFDS online shop). All proceeds from sales and admissions go directly towards the vital work of the RFDS.

Hours - 9 am-5 pm M-F, 10am-3pm S-S and public holidays.
Closed - Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day, Australia Day and Good Friday.

Cost - Adults $8.50, children up to 12 years $4, family $20.00 (2 adults & 2 children under 12 years), concession & student card holders $7 groups 10 or more $7.

Address - Airport Road, (South) Broken Hill.

Contact - 08 8080 3714

There is also a new medical centre at the Base.

The RFDS in Broken Hill is supported financially in various ways by numerous Broken Hill locals and groups.

If you would like to financially support the RFDS you can donate via a link from their website - www.flyingdoctor.org.au.

I highly recommend you put the RFDS Base and Visitor Centre on your itinerary when you visit Broken Hill. It's a great experience.

Cheers, Jane Deany

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

ilovebrokenhill fourth anniversary images of #BrokenHill

Four years today since I began www.ilovebrokenhill.com

Three hundred and fourteen posts later and I still love Broken Hill. Here are some visual reasons why I love Australia's first National Heritage Listed City. 

I hope the images whet your appetite to visit this fascinating and historic mining city where BHP was founded.

(standing) Me (left) and Julie Anne Horsburgh
(Seated) Angela, and Maureen Clark (right) at art
exhibition opening at Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery.
There's always an event on in #BrokenHill.

Make sure you book more than one night!

I always have a wonderful and memorable trip every time I visit.

These photos are just a glimpse of what's on offer.


Cheers, Jane Deany