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 April 2012

"Courage to Care" exhibition - Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery 28 April-10 June 2012

Art Scene
A thought provoking new exhibition opens today at the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery.  Courage to Care”, is a travelling exhibition which aims to inform and educate Australians of the dangers of prejudice and discrimination.
It educates visitors, in particular students, towards an understanding of the roles of victim, perpetrator and bystander by exposing them to survivors of the Holocaust and their rescuers.
Courage to Care combats bullying and racism by empowering the individual to make a difference.

Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery
from their website
When:        28 April to 10 June 2012

Time:         10am to 5pm daily

                   404-408 Argent Street, Broken Hill

Entry by gold coin donation.

It sounds a really worthwhile exhibition to try and get along to.  Be the first to tell us how you found the exhibition. 
Cheers, Jane D

Lifeline's Annual Fair today 28 April 2012 - Sturt Park

Community day/event

The Broken Hill Lifeline is having their annual fete/fair today.
Time:     10 am to 2 pm

Venue:  Sturt Park, corner Sulphide and Wolfram Streets, Broken Hill.

Do try and go along and support this very worthwhile fund raising event.
Lifeline – www.lifeline.org.au "Lifeline connects people with care by providing services in Suicide Prevention, Crisis Support and Mental Health Support".
Call 13 11 14 the service is available 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
Stay well, Jane D

Friday 27 April 2012

Broken Hill Tourism and Film Forum - 2 May 2012

Broken Hill Film Studio
courtesy of ABC
The Broken Hill City Council is sponsoring the city’s Tourism and Film Forum this coming Wednesday 2nd May. 
The forum is a great opportunity to catch up with local industry and hear the latest about current and upcoming developments in the Tourism and Film sectors.
Details –
Venue:  St Patrick’s Race Club, 399 Crystal Street, Broken Hill
Time:     5.30 – 7.00 pm
RSVP:    Essential.  By 24 April.  (Apologies, I just found out about the event, hopefully late registrations will be accepted) Tel 08 8080 3560, or tourism@brokenhill.nsw.gov.au
Cost:     Free for Fee for Service Partners, others welcome @ $10 per person.
Refreshments:           Light refreshments will be served.
It promises to be interesting, informative and beneficial to those working in or allied to the film and tourism sectors.
I look forward to hearing about how it went.  If you manage to get along, I’m sure readers would be most interested to hear your comments and whether you felt it was worthwhile.
Cheers, Jane D

Tuesday 17 April 2012

Desert Knowledge Australia – Outback Business Networks – Cross Border Event 18 April 2012

On Wednesday 18 April 2012, Desert Knowledge Australia Outback Business Networks (OBN) is running another Cross Border Meeting -
Beds and Stays across Australia

From Desert Knowledge Australia
Outback Business Networks
Bringing together pastoral tourism and accommodation operators from across Australia from Outback Beds NSW to Station Stays all the way to Bush Beds WA.

For more information see the link here to the Desert Knowledge Australia's event page, or call 1800 603 866.

As is normally the case, the meeting will be a hook-up style, hosted at sites across Australia, with commencement times dependent upon which time zone you reside in.  In Broken Hill, the Regional Development Office at 55 Oxide Street will be the local host site.  Start times across the country are

WA: 1:00pm (AWST), NT, SA & Broken Hill: 2:30pm (ACST), QLD: 3pm, NSW: 4pm (AEST)

This should be a very useful session if you are any type of accommodation provider or work in an allied field.  If you can 'attend'/participate in the meeting, I would love to hear your comments about it.  Did you find it useful?  Was there anything in particular you learnt that you could share with us here?  Please feel free to comment.

Cheers, Jane D

Monday 9 April 2012

Broken Hill Remembers 100 Year Anniversary of RMS Titanic Tragedy 15 April 2012

RMS Titanic
On my trip to Broken Hill in January 2012, I attended the opening night of a photographic exhibition by the controversial photographer Bill Henson, at the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery.  It was there that I met a gentleman called John.  I told him about my www.ilovebrokenhill.com site, and he proceeded to tell me about the surprising connection between Broken Hill and the famous RMS (Royal Mail Ship/Steamer) Titanic.
Broken Hill Titanic Memorial
There is a memorial for the Titanic in Sturt Park, Broken Hill.  The memorial, in the form of a ‘broken column’ monument, was the “brainchild” of the Broken Hill City Bandsmen and was completed in late 1913, the year following the sinking on 15 April 1912, of the luxury ocean steam ship whilst on her maiden voyage.  Of the 2,201 passengers (approximately) and crew, 1,490 people drowned.
The column monument (pictured) is broken off at the top, according to Broken Hill volunteer guide Jack Harris, “because it’s a symbol of an old Greek mythology that you didn’t accomplish everything that you set out to do in life and so your life was snapped off”.  In an interview with ABC’s Guy Noble’s on the “Dimensions in Time” program, on 15 April 2002, to mark the 90th anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking, Jack noted that “1913 was the worst year ever on the mines” with “31 killed on the mines”.  Just as the mine deaths should not have happened, so too the drowning deaths should not have happened.  This fact was also part of the inspiration for the memorial.
Service for the 100th Anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic
April 15, 2012 is the 100th anniversary of the Titanic sinking, and the event is being marked worldwide with various ceremonies.  In Broken Hill, there will be a special service held at 12.30pm on Sunday 15 April 2012 at the memorial in Sturt Park (corner of Sulphide and Wolfram Streets).  The service will include prayers and the story behind the monument.  The Barrier Industrial Unions’ (BIU) (brass) Band (formerly the Broken Hill City Band) will also perform.  Everyone is welcome to attend.
The connection of the BIU band to the Titanic is that it was reported that as the ship was sinking, the ship’s band played music to help calm the passengers.  Notably “Nearer My God to Thee”, was played/sung close to the end, as members of the band, and about two thirds of the passengers ultimately drowned in the icy waters of the North Atlantic Ocean.
Let us hope there is never another sinking of any ship causing loss of life.
If you have a personal story regarding the RMS Titanic or the Broken Hill Memorial please feel free to share your thoughts.
Jane D

Sunday 8 April 2012

Happy Easter and Happy Passover

To all Christian readers I wish you a very Happy Easter and to all readers who are of the Jewish faith I wish you a Happy Passover.
Cheers, Jane D

Wednesday 4 April 2012

Broken Hill's Theatre 44 is playing "He Said She Said" 4 April 2012

The local production of “He Said She Said” will play tonight in a double header at Theatre 44.  The night will commence at 7pm with a children’s play “Eggheads” by Jimmy Brunelle.

Theatre 44 from their website
“He Said She Said”, which is a play by playwright Alice Gerstenberg and is being directed by Corey Page, will follow.  The play is set in a small town and is about four people whose lives are affected by gossip.

Address:     189 Wills Street, Broken Hill

Tickets are reasonably priced at $8 for adults and $5 for a child to attend both shows.  The money raised will be used to produce further plays at the theatre.

Theatre 44 was built in 1963 with the help of local mining companies and it has become the home of both musical theatre and drama.

It sounds like a fun night suited to a range of younger folk in particular.

Feel free to give a review of either or both shows right here as a comment.

Cheers, Jane D