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.

Sunday 30 September 2012

AFL 2012 Grand Final, and Grand Final 2009 in Broken Hill

Yesterday was that “one day in September” and okay, so it wasn’t Hawthorn’s day ;-(  That’s annoying.  Anyway, congratulations Sydney Swans on winning the 2012 AFL Grand Final yesterday.  The final score was Sydney 14.7.91 defeated Hawthorn 11.15.81.

Me with a sculpture at the
Living Desert Sculpture Park
It’s all over for another year.

I’m pictured here at the Living Desert Sculpture Park on a trip this time three years ago when I was visiting briefly with some friends who’d not been to Broken Hill before.  We watched some of the game at the Demo Club (Barrier Social Democratic Club) after arriving from Mildura at about 1.30pm on Grand Final Day 2009.  Hawthorn (my team obviously) wasn’t a contender that time, that was the year Geelong defeated St Kilda.  Hawthorn’s last win was in 2008 when they defeated Geelong.

My friend Peter (left) playing with
Monkey Box at the Muso Club
My friends stayed less than 24 hours, they were on a very tight schedule.  They really enjoyed themselves.  We went to the Muso Club (Broken Hill Musician's Club) that night and one of my friends is a guitarist and the band playing that night Monkey Box let him play a couple of numbers with them which was a buzz for him, and of course made our stay more memorable!

Cheers, Jane D

Friday 28 September 2012

Sensorial Loop, Albert Woodroffe & Peter McGlinchey Art Exhibitions

Albert Woodroffe "Zen and the Simpson"
courtesy of the artist
Art Scene
Everyone is invited to the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery tonight to enjoy yet another opening night.  This time it is a combined exhibition showcasing the work of local Silverton artist Albert Woodroffe, local Broken Hill artist Peter McGlinchey, together with the work of 22 Australian artists in the 1st Tamworth Textile Triennial ‘Sensorial Loop’ exhibition.

I first met Albert on my second trip to Broken Hill on a stinking hot 42 degree Celsius day at his Broken Hill Horizon Gallery on New Year’s Eve in 2005 (he had two galleries back then, the Broken Hill gallery is now closed).  I headed out to Silverton the next day and visited his Silverton Horizon Gallery (see pictured) and ended up buying a lovely Peter McGlinchey oil.  I was lucky to chance a meeting with Peter earlier this year at another opening at the Regional Art Gallery at an exhibition of some of the controversial Bill Henson’s photographic works.

Albert with me at his gallery
when I bought my "McGlinchey"

Details of the Sensorial Loop exhibition can be found here on the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery exhibition page.

When:        29 September to 18 November 2012
                   Opening night Friday 28 September, 6.30pm

Time:         10am to 5pm daily

Where:      Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery
                   404-408 Argent Street, Broken Hill

Peter McGlinchey in his studio
courtesy Barrier Daily Truth
Entry by gold coin donation.
I can’t make opening night but I’m hoping to see this exhibition at some point.  I’m sure it will be well worth the trip.

Enjoy …

Cheers, Jane D

Wednesday 26 September 2012

Willyama Art Society 51st Annual Exhibition @ Demo Club Broken Hill

Robyn Taylor, winner senior prize
"A Westerly Perspective", courtesy WAS
Art Scene

Once again the Willyama Art Society (WAS) is holding their annual art exhibition.  Their first exhibition was in 1961, so this is their 51st exhibition.  This year they are dedicating it to long time WAS member Mrs Joyce Condon who died earlier this month aged 95.  The exhibition has been named “The Joyce Condon Memorial Exhibition”.  There are over 50 paintings by 18 established and budding artists including Jenny Cattonar, John Gregory and Mick Andrich.

"The Tulip Virus" winning entry -
Junior Art Prize by

Meena Nachiappan, courtesy WAS
Prizes were awarded in two categories with the Senior Art Prize going to Robyn Taylor with her acrylic “A Western Perspective” (pictured).  The Junior Art Prize was awarded to Meena Nachiappan for her pen drawing “The Tulip Virus”, also pictured.

The works are for sale and span a variety of mediums from pastels to watercolours.  Prizes were also awarded on the opening night last Friday 21st September and Mrs Condon’s son Len Condon officially opened the exhibition on that night.  The Society is open to both adults and children and new members are very welcome.

"Bush Walk" courtesy of the artist Bob Groves

Bob Groves,
Willyama Art Society
Dates:        21 September – 7 October 2012

Venue:       The Barrier Social Democratic Club (Demo Club)
Function Room
                   218 Argent Street, Broken Hill

Hours:       10am till 4pm daily

The current, longstanding (19 years) WAS President Bob Groves said Mrs Condon was a Broken Hill arts pioneer as well as a life and founding member of the Society.  After teaching art at TAFE for 15 years she opened her own gallery which was a first for Broken Hill.

If you would like to join the Willyama Art Society or find out more, there is a postal address for all enquiries -
Willyama Art Society, PO Box 48, Broken Hill NSW 2880.


Cheers, Jane D

Sunday 23 September 2012

Broken Hill’s Gaara Arts Celebrates Upcoming National Water Week

Art Scene

Town Hall Facade - Argent Street
Courtesy of the Barrier Daily Truth

Broken Hill’s prolific all female art group Gaara Arts Inc. is holding another exhibition 20 September to 21 October 2012 to celebrate upcoming National Water Week which is immediately following the exhibition and runs from 21 -27 October.  The name of the exhibition is ‘Water, one drop at a time’.

Their thought provoking works are available for sale at the unique Town Hall Fa├žade space located at 256 Argent Street, Broken Hill.  Prices range from $50 - $2,200.

“Before the Rain” and “After the Rain”
by Julie Anne Horsburgh
courtesy Gaara
Ten artists are exhibiting, they are Jenny Cattonar, Maureen Clark (the group's publicity officer), Deirdre Edwards, Angela Fitzpatrick, Julie Anne Horsburgh, Pauline McLennan, Wendy Martin, Betty Pearson (the group's President), Phyllis Ragenovich and Robyn Taylor.

"Cityscape a rainy night"
courtesy of artist Maureen Clark
The hours of opening are 10 am to 4 pm daily and entry is free.

Deirdre Edwards - "From Eagles View"
courtesy Gaara

Gaara Arts originally formed in 2008 as Women Artists of Broken Hill, under the auspice of Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery and with direction from the then manager Bruce Tindale.  Gaara means “girls and art in regional areas”, and became the first incorporated women’s art group in Australia in May 2010.

Since forming, Gaara members have excelled in their art and some members have held solo exhibitions.

The exhibition sounds wonderful.  With the Silver City Show just finished for another year, why not pop down to the exhibition and take a look around.

To read about my article on Gaara's exhibition from earlier this year entitled "Plastic Lives: A Womans Tale" see here.

I wish all concerned every success with the exhibition.

Cheers, Jane D

Tuesday 18 September 2012

Broken Hill's Annual Silver City Show 20 - 22 September 2012

fireworks courtesy
Try not to miss Broken Hill’s 123rd annual Silver City Show.

There will be a variety of rides, food and events for the whole family.

Venue:                Broken Hill Memorial Oval
(Williams Street / Barrier Highway, Broken Hill)
Show theme:     Pioneers of the district

Fireworks:          Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd September nights at about 9.00pm

Dog High Jump: Saturday 22nd September at 11.00am

Dog Race:           Saturday 22nd September at 2.00pm

Contact Details: Phone:  08 8087 4160
                            Mobile:  0402 108 286
                            Email:     showtimebrokenhill@westnet.com.au

Should be lots of fun.  I love shows.

fireworks courtesy
By the way, my local Royal Melbourne Show is also about to begin.  It runs from 22nd September to 2nd October 2012.  Just thought I'd mention it since I am after all from Melbourne!  I would love to go to the Silver City Show, I've never been to a country show.  I'm sure it would be wonderful.  If you do get to go, please tell us what you thought of it.  I would love to know what it was like.  Thanks.

Cheers, Jane D

Sunday 16 September 2012

Happy New Year to the Jewish Community of Broken Hill

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, falls on the Hebrew calendar dates of 1 and 2 Tishrei.  The coinciding secular dates for 2012 are September 16 (at sundown) until September 18.

Happy New Year to the Jewish Community of Broken Hill, I hope it is a wonderful year for you.

Cheers, Jane D

Saturday 15 September 2012

Broken Hill Councillors Final Results Confirmed

Results sourced from
Electoral Commission NSW
Local Government
2012 New Broken Hill Councillors.  See link here for the latest on this story.

A couple of interesting links will take you to all the intricacies of the vote tallies, see Candidate in Sequence of Election for the summary of results, and here for the breakdown and all the details.
The counting of votes and preferences is a very involved process, so no wonder it took nearly a week for the final results to be announced.

Again congratulations to the winners.
Cheers, Jane D

Footnote: Candidates (Officially) Declared Elected at 15:21 on 15 September 2012

It is AGL’s Broken Hill Community Day today 9 am – 3 pm

Community Event
AGL is part of your community and so they invite you and your family to come and explore their unique Energy Cube at their Community Day which is on now at –

Where:           Sturt Park, Broken Hill, access from Wolfram Street

When:            9 am – 3 pm today, 15 September 2012

Cost:               Free

You will be able to discover how AGL, for the last 175 years, has helped shape Australia’s energy landscape inside their history funnels.

Activities will allow you to see how much energy your legs can power on their pedal bikes, and find out how to make your home more energy efficient in their Smarter Living Centre.

The AGL mascots, Tina and Timmy Turbine will be on hand to show your kids how to become energy savers in a fun interactive performance.

AGL Energy Cube
There will be giveaways too!

Tina and Timmy Turbine kids show times:

9:30am 10:30am 11:30am 1:30pm

Should be fun and informative.

Cheers, Jane D

Friday 14 September 2012

Broken Hill's new Councillors - the final election results

Broken Hill Council Chambers
courtesy ABC Noah Schultz-Byard
Local Government          Breaking News 
It has been nearly a week since Saturday’s 2012 Local Government elections and at last the long wait is over. Final results for the Councillors were available at 10.37am today.  The people of Broken Hill have voted in the following candidates as their new councillors, and whilst most of them are familiar faces, there are three new Councillors - Jim Richards (Labor), Jim Nolan and Branko Licul (Labor).

Mayor Wincen Cuy
courtesy Council website

The Mayor Councillor position has already been announced earlier in the week with Mayor Wincen Cuy re-elected for a second term.

Out of 23 candidates, the nine winners are (names in bold are re-elected councillors) –

1 Darriea TURLEY (Labor)
2 DaveGALLAGHER (Independent) 
3 Peter BLACK *
4 Marion BROWNE (Labor)
5 Jim Richards (Independent)
7 Jim Nolan (Labor)
8 John GROENENDIJK (Independent)
9 Branko LICUL (Labor)

'New' Councillor
Peter Black courtesy ABC

*Peter Black was not on the most recent Council but he was previously mayor for a record 19 years from 1980 to 1999, before he went on to serve two terms as the State Government Labor MP for the seat of Murray Darling from 1999-2007.  Although he has obvious ties to the Labor Party, he was not a Labor Party candidate in this election.


Councillor Darriea Turley
courtesy Council Website
Councillor Dave Gallagher
courtesy Council Website

Councillor Marion Browne
courtesy Council Website

Councillor John Groenendijk
courtesy Council Website
Councillor Bob Algate
courtesy Council Website

Results were sourced from the Electoral Commission NSW.

I wish the new team of Councillors and Mayor Cuy every success for the challenges that lie ahead.

Cheers, Jane D

Wednesday 12 September 2012

Broken Hill Mayor Wincen Cuy Re-elected in September 2012 Election

Local Government
Re-elected Broken Hill Mayor Wincen Cuy
courtesy Barrier Daily Truth's Darrin Manuel
I can officially say congratulations to Mayor Wincen Cuy upon his re-election for a second term as Broken Hill City Council Mayor.

He strongly fought off three other contenders, Peter Black, Darriea Turley and John Groenendijk (listed in order of percentage of votes – greatest to least.)

Results of the Mayor Councillor voting from the NSW Electoral Commission can be seen here or by clicking on the following link -


Mayor Cuy first became the Broken Hill Mayor after Council elections in December 2009.  Previously Broken Hill Council had been under administration for a period from 10 January 2007 until the election on 5 December 2009.

The names of the successful other nine Councillors should be available Thursday 13 September 2012 sometime during the day.

Cheers, Jane D

Tuesday 11 September 2012

Sound Circus @ Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery 11 September 2012

Date: 24 August - 17 September 2012

The touring “Sound Circus” plays tonight at the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery.

Playing a fence, from
Sound Circus page
Where:     404-408 Argent Street, Broken Hill.

When:      Tuesday 11 September 2012, 6.30pm.

Entry is free but donations will be passed on to the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS).
The “Sound Circus” band is currently touring outback ‘Corner Country’ New South Wales.  This band is comprised of a rather unusual combination of instruments including traditional ones such as the clarinet, violin, double bass, trumpet and trombone, as well as some quirky instruments such as the fence wire, gum leaf and amplified glass.

Violin from
Sound Circus is modelled on the traditional idea of a travelling circus.  In this case, there is a team of sound artists, performing or installing new and experimental music.

The sonic odyssey will feature new and old technologies such as auto-drumming, a huge ball and sonic sculpture projects intermingled with the traditional instruments in environmental contexts.

The emphasis will be on live music that uses interactive technology, engages with the environment, and connects to the people who live in the Corner Country.

Contact Details:         Ruth Sandow             Telephone: 08 8091 2524

The overall schedule is as follows –

Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery
24 August and 11 September, 6.30pm
White Cliffs Arts Festival
6 - 9 September
Broken Hill School of the Air
30 August
Fowlers Gap
25 August
Packsaddle Roadhouse
26 August, 2.00pm
Mutawintji National Park
10 September
12 - 13 September, 6.30pm, 10.00am
Tibooburra School of the Air
14 September
Warri Gate
15 September
16 September
Cameron Corner
17 September

Enjoy ...

Cheers, Jane D