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. Suggestions of where to go and what to see will feature.

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

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Broken Hill's art scene still active and vibrant - exhibitions aplenty

Back L-R me with local mosaic artist Julie Horsburgh,
front L-R Angela with local GAARA artist Maureen Clark,
with an artwork by BHRAG's Ian Howarth which is
being raffled. I hope I win.
Art Scene
BrokenHill Regional Art Gallery (BHRAG) hosted another series of openings on Friday night 28 November, and I was lucky enough to be there this time.

It was my first trip to Broken Hill this year and it was great to be back.

Four exhibitions were officially opened on the night with Broken Hill City Councillor Christine Adams the official guest to open the exhibitions, supported by BHRAG's Manager Cathy Farry.

Exhibition One
"Objects and Energies" featuring Australian-based Joyce Hinterding, US-based Linda Matalon and the highly influential American artist Agnes Martin.

Their extraordinary works display similarities but also exhibit quite divergent approaches. What they do share is an engagement in the repetition of certain forms, the process of marking time and delineating space and ideas on the infinite through recurring visual codes.

L-R Cr Christine Adams and Cathy Farry, with several Joyce Hinterding works in the background
This is a National Art School exhibition touring through the support of Museums and Galleries of NSW. This project was supported through an Artist or Curator in Residence grant. The Artist or Curator in Residence Grant Program is supported by the Copyright Agency Limited's Cultural Fund, and is managed by Museums and Galleries of NSW.

Exhibition Two
Also opening was the “Our Land Speaking” exhibition of sculptures and drawings from Aboriginal artists from Menindee and Broken Hill. The exhibition was funded by a grant from the Thankakali Aboriginal Corporation.

Exhibition Three
The annual HSC Exhibition also opened. This exhibition showcases the fabulous art and photographic work of the Broken Hill and the regions's year 12 students.

Exhibition Four
Finally, the finalists in the “Our Place” sister cities photography exhibition also featured in the line-up. Broken Hill's sister city is Bankstown. The competition's winners were also announced.

Details are below and on the gallery's webpage - www.bhartgallery.com.au

404-408 Argent Street, Broken Hill

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

Broken Hill's famous Line of Lode at sunset, taken as I rushed to the next gallery opening that night
Another opening!
As is often the case in Broken Hill, there was another art exhibition opening on the same night across town in South Broken Hill at the Broken Hill Art Exchange (BHAE).

Marilyn Lannstrom at the BHAE
by Darrin Manuel - Barrier Daily Truth (BDT)
This is the first exhibition for Marilyn Lannstrom, and is part of the Festival of Respect.

I know Marilyn's sister, talented local artist Karrie Lannstrom, whom I met in Broken Hill a couple of years ago.

Marilyn's exhibition is titled -

'A Tourist Destination'

and the subjects are of attractions in and around Broken Hill.

Obviously artistic talent runs in the Lannstrom family, if Marilyn's first exhibition is anything to go by. Although I missed the official opening, as most people had gone home (well I was late), I still managed to have a look at the artworks, and am seriously considering making a purchase myself! That's the danger of going to art exhibitions and openings.

There are 24 paintings (acrylic on canvas) for sale ranging in price from $100 - $350.

I caught up with a few people after the show, including BHAE manager Susan Thomas. Unfortunately Marilyn had left for the evening, but I hope to meet her in the coming week back at the gallery. Marilyn was pleased to have sold a couple of pieces on the night. I expect that number will increase. Her exhibition continues for two weeks.

Some of Marilyn Lannstrom's works at the Broken Hill Art Exchange

145-157 Duff Street Park Artist Centre, South Broken Hill

Open daily during exhibition 10am – 4pm

28 November until Sunday 14 December 2014

All exhibitions are worth checking.

Cheers, Jane Deany

Friday, 28 November 2014

If you're not from Broken Hill, you're from 'away'!

A visitor from Away!

I was on a training course this week and I met a lovely lady called Tess who was in my 'class'. I happened to mention to her that I was about to visit Broken Hill and that I also had a website called www.ilovebrokenhill.com. Tess mentioned she had visited Broken Hill in June this year. More to the point, and not surprisingly, she said she'd had a really wonderful time.

The most photographed sculpture at sunset
Like me, she loved all the art and galleries. She mentioned that she really enjoyed visiting the famous Pro Hart Gallery amongst others. She also loved the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery and the Sculptures at the fantastic sculpture symposium. She was impressed with the jewellery at Tanya Marie Reeves - Art Confessions gallery, which is a gallery in Argent Street, Broken Hill's main street.

Tess was amazed to find the city was a lot bigger than she had imagined. She thought that there would just be 'dust and boulders'. She was impressed with the range of restaurants, and during her four days visiting Broken Hill she dined in various places including my current favourite, The Palace Hotel. She actually thought there would only be takeaway places.

I wasn't surprised to hear Tess say that everyone she came across was very friendly and helpful, and that given her accent, people knew she wasn't a local and they went out of their way to make her feel welcome.

I told her that she would be described as someone who was from 'away', which is the term Broken Hill'ites use for non locals ... like me!

If you've visited Broken Hill, it would be great to hear what you liked about the city. Feel free to comment below.

Cheers, Jane Deany

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Women Out West Conference, Expo and Awards 28-29 November 2014

Community Event
Women Out West is a networking group which provides women from Orana, Central West and Far West regions of NSW (including Broken Hill), the opportunity to increase their personal and business networks.

I came across the Women Out West (WOW) group courtesy of an interesting story I read on the blog www.bushbelles.blogspot.com.auabout an upcoming event WOW is holding in Dubbo, NSW, on 28-29 November 2014.

BushBelles is a fantastic, female focused blog which publishes content from a variety of bloggers. I've written about BusBelles before

The blog describes itself in the 'About Me' section, as a blog
  • 'for rural women who want to be informed, inspired and instyle'.
www.ilovebrokenhill.com has been proud to become one of the bloggers who's content gets published via the blog.

Enough of all this, onto the list of finalists which naturally include a few Broken Hill locals.

There are a number of award categories - 15 in all.

I've listed each category below and included the names of the #BrokenHill finalists -

Women Out West Awards 2014 Finalists

Outstanding Carer (caring with love and compassion)

Outstanding Aboriginal Leadership (inspiring generosity of spirit)

Taunoa Bugmy image courtesy

Taunoa Bugmy      (Broken Hill)

Diane McNaboe      (Brocklehurst)

Trixie Watts      (Dubbo)

Donna Kennedy      (Broken Hill)

Grace Toomey      (Dubbo)

Christine Corby     (Walgett)

Donna Kennedy image courtesy
Barrier Daily Truth
Outstanding Inspirational Leadership (bringing out the best in others)

Outstanding Integrated Family and Business (enriching family and business life)

Outstanding Family Leadership (loving dedication)

Outstanding Achievement (self-empowering)

Outstanding Community Leadership (inspirational heart)

Ellie Brown     (Orange)
Melissa Clow     (Dubbo)
Sue Egan         (Dubbo)
Barbara Carter     (Dubbo)
Ellen Day         (Broken Hill)** (apologies, can't find an image of Ellen Day)
Barbara O'Brien     (Dubbo)
Joan Treweeke     (Lightning Ridge)
Katrina Virgoe     (Cobar)
Janelle Whitehead     (Dubbo)

Outstanding Organisation (extraordinary support for regional women)

Outstanding Young Entrepreneur (innovative spirit)

Outstanding Woman Employee (uplifting the spirit)

Outstanding Optimism (lighting up the world)

Outstanding Achievement in Sport (commitment and enthusiasm)

Outstanding Arts and Creativity (creativity and passion)

Outstanding Lifetime Achievement (inspiring others)

Here's a link to the WOW website - www.wownetwork.org.au

Here's a link to all the finalists - www.wownetwork.org.au/finalists

Good luck to all the finalists, especially the Broken Hill entrants.

Cheers, Jane Deany

Saturday, 8 November 2014

NFSA visits Broken Hill 7-9 November 2014 for Big Screen Film Festival

Community Event

The National Film and Sound Archive’s Big Screen Film Festival is in Broken Hill for its final tour, so there will be films aplenty this weekend to celebrate 100 years of film in Broken Hill.

All in all, the festival will premiere five new Australian films plus a selection of ABC Open films, including contributor Ray Denton's first ever production!
The opening night on Friday, saw festival goers enjoy a glass of wine at the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery in Argent Street before heading around the corner to the Silver City Cinema for the 6.30pm screening of the local premiere of 'When the Queen Came to Town' plus the NFSA’s footage of the Queen’s 1954 Broken Hill tour.
Ray Denton's film 'Outback Planetary Science' screened on Saturday at 7pm before sci-fi thriller 'Predestination'.
The Sunday Morning screening of the new 'Maya the Bee' movie should suit all the family.

At the Sunday matinee screening of 100 Years of Film in Broken Hill, will provide the opportunity to spot your grandparents on the big screen and win prizes!

Venue and ticketing information
Silver City Cinema
41-45 Oxide Street
Broken Hill NSW 2880
Ph: 08 8087 4569
With films all weekend, it sounds like there'll be a lot to keep visitors and locals alike busy in Broken Hill.

Cheers Jane Deany

Friday, 31 October 2014

Lots of light in Broken Hill - exciting new AJ+C project for the City

AJ+C Architects posted some interesting Broken Hill news on their Facebook Page. See article in the embedded AJ+C Facebook Post below.

Keep your eye on this exciting and ambitious plan for Broken Hill.

(Note: this post is based upon a Facebook Post from 'architectsajc'  (AJ+C)'s Facebook Page which ilovebrokenhill.com's Facebook Page shared. If you can't see it, you may need to be logged into your Facebook Personal Profile).

Cheers, Jane Deany.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Palace Hotel #BrokenHill has same architect #AlfredDunn as my local Uniting Church

The Palace Hotel
Argent Street, Broken Hill
While surfing Twitter for #BrokenHill stories and news recently, I found a curious connection to my local suburb of Hawthorn.

It turns out that the architect of the very impressive local Auburn Uniting Church (in Hawthorn East) is the same architect as Broken Hill's The Palace Hotel.

The styles appear different but so is the purpose of both buildings so I guess it's not surprising that there would be some difference in their appearance.

Auburn Uniting Church

It's a slightly obscure connection between Broken Hill and my suburb of Hawthorn, but hey, it's a connection nonetheless, which is why I thought it was of interest.

Here's the tweet which drew my attention to the link.
Great to hear them acknowledge in this way, Broken Hill's progress towards becoming Australia's first Heritage city.

That's an exciting journey for Broken Hill which I'm watching with interest.

Cheers, Jane Deany

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Aboriginal Skies a free talk by Paul Curnow - Outback Astronomy - 22 October 2014

Community Event
Outback Astronomy is putting on a special event in Broken Hill on 22 October 2014.

'Aboriginal Skies' is a free community event which will see guest presenter Paul Curnow delivering an insightful discussion on how the world's first astronomers interpreted the night sky.

The event has a limited number of spaces and a booking must be made by contacting Robinson College on 08 8087 6022.

Here is a link to more information about the event -

Paul is a council member of the Astronomical Society of South Australia and has been a lecturer at the Adelaide Planetarium since 1992.

He is regarded as one of the world's leading authorities on Aboriginal night sky knowledge.

The free event is sponsored by Inspiring Australia and the NSW Government.

Inspiring Australia (www.inspiringaustralia.net.au) is a national strategy for science engagement.

Time - 7.30pm - 9pm

When - 22 October 2014

Where - Outback Astronomy at the Racecourse - Racecourse Road, Broken Hill.


Bookings - Robinson College on 08 8087 6022.

Following the discussion there will be the opportunity for some star gazing to show some of the objects mentioned by Paul.

The event coincides with the launch of the Far West Science Hub.

Sounds like a really interesting night. There is always something fascinating going on in #BrokenHill.

Cheers, Jane Deany