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 28 April 2014

Vintage Caravan Nationals 2014 event kicks off today

Community Event - Vintage Caravan Nationals
Vintage caravans should be rolling into Broken Hill to mark the 2014 Vintage Caravan Nationals which kicked off today.

I flagged the event in a post on 18 April 2014, see link here.

Since then I've been trying to track down some more details via online sources, and after quite a bit of 'digging' I've finally found a link that I think will help anyone who's interested to find out more about this event.


I first heard about the event via a radio interview on ABC Broken Hill's Outback Outlook a month or two ago.
I really love retro/vintage caravans, and their popularity is growing worldwide.

On one of my Pinterest accounts I have a board dedicated to all things retro. It basically focusses on vintage/retro caravans. You can check out this board here 


www.ilovebrokenhill.com also has it's own Pinterest account http://www.pinterest.com/ilovebrokenhill/

Dates of the event - Monday 28 April - Friday 2 May 2014

Venue - Broken Hill Tourist Park, 142 Rakow Street (Adelaide Road), Broken Hill

I wish I could be there.

Enjoy, cheers, Jane Deany

Sunday 20 April 2014

Happy Easter for 2014

Wishing everyone in Broken Hill, Melbourne and everywhere else in the world a very Happy Easter for 2014.

Cheers, Jane Deany

Friday 18 April 2014

Vintage Caravan Nationals 2014 Broken Hill 28 April - 2 May

Community Event - Vintage Caravan National
If you like vintage caravans, which I do, you will be pleased to hear that the Vintage Caravan Nationals 2014 will be held in Broken Hill.

There has been a growing trend in people wanting a vintage caravan. Retro and vintage are in fashion at the moment, right across the board, it's not just caravans either.

Dates - Monday 28 April - Friday 2 May 2014

Venue - Broken Hill Tourist Park, 142 Rakow Street (Adelaide Road), Broken Hill

Now this is one event which I would really love to see.

Why not combine the Anzac Day long weekend, visit Broken Hill and enjoy all those fabulous retro and vintage caravans.

Cheers, Jane Deany

Monday 14 April 2014

Chag Pesach Sameach - Happy Passover Holiday 2014

Passover (Pesach) 2014 runs from sunset Monday 14 April until sunset Tuesday 22 April.

To all readers of the Jewish faith, whether they be in Broken Hill, Israel or anywhere else in the world, I wish you Chag Pesach Sameach (Happy Passover Holiday).

Cheers, Jane D

Tuesday 8 April 2014

Tourism Australia promotes Broken Hill and other Australian destinations to the USA

A couple of sculptures from Broken Hill's
Living Desert Sculpture Symposium (park)
American (USA) readers take note!

Tourism Australia is promoting Australia to America in an innovative competition for American's only, to have the chance to win 52 week long trips to 52 different Australian destinations. You guessed it, Broken Hill is one of those destinations.  In what's known as week 45, 'Discover a Lost World', which is to be taken in May 18-25, 2015, a lucky American entrant will win a week long trip which will incorporate a visit to Broken Hill. I understand travel will be via the Indian Pacific.

I found out about the competition by browsing Twitter. You never know what can pop up on Twitter, there's a wealth of information to be found.

The image in the tweet below is of 'The Twelve Apostles' one of the wonderful sights along the Great Ocean Road in my home state of Victoria. This trip is one of the other 52 destinations in the competition.

The competition closes 21 April 2014, see the following special Tourism Australia related website for more information www.australiasomeday.com .

If you win this trip, I'm sure you will love Broken Hill. Check out this (my) www.ilovebrokenhill.com blog for some of the great things in Broken Hill.

You will actually love any of the 52 locations selected for this competition. Broken Hill isn't the only awesome place in Australia.

Good luck to all the entrants, cheers, Jane Deany

Friday 4 April 2014

Broken Hill's Gaara Arts open the Archies exhibition tonight - GeoCentre

Gaara Arts artist Jenny Cattonar with one of her entries
in the show. It's a painting of all five of the famous
Broken Hill art group the 'Brushmen of the Bush'
Image courtesy of 'Barrier Daily Truth', by Darrin Manuel
Art Scene / Community Event
Broken Hill's all women art group Gaara Arts are hosting another exhibition which opens tonight at the GeoCentre, aka the Albert Kersten Mining and Minerals Museum

The 'Archies' exhibition, is similar to the 'Archibald Prize'* in that there will be portraits of local Broken Hill identities. It's not a competition but will showcase the talents of Broken Hill Gaara artists, as well as other local artists who were welcome to submit art-work(s).

* The Archibald Prize is awarded annually to the best portrait, 'preferentially of some man or woman distinguished in art, letters, science or politics, painted by any artist resident in Australasia’.

Well known non Gaara artists who are exhibiting include Geoff De Main and Robert (Bob) Groves. Annie Learoyd, is another non Gaara exhibitor.

Related memorabilia will also be on display.

Some of the artworks are for sale.

The exhibition will be opened by Broken Hill City Council's General Manager - Therese Manns.

Details of that exhibition are -

Where:     Albert Kersten Mining and Minerals Museum aka GeoCentre

Address:   Corner Crystal and Bromide Streets, Broken Hill

Time:       Opens 6.30 pm tonight and refreshments will be available.

GeoCentre opening hours:  10am - 4.45pm Monday - Friday
                                      1pm - 4.45 pm weekends

Dates:      5 April - 4 May 2014
Jenny Cattonar's "Brushmen of the Bush" 1990
140cm x 110cm, POA, image supplied by the artist.

There are many talented artists in Broken Hill, I've written about some of them over the last few years.

Gaara members whom I've met include Jenny Cattonar, Deirdre Edwards, Betty Pearson, Maureen Clark, Robyn Taylor (the recently re-elected President of the group), Jan Allison, Marguerite Bennett, Phyllis Ragenovich and Dawn Myree.

I've also met Geoff De Main, and I've been to Bob Groves home studio and interviewed him. See link here to that post dated 7 December 2012. He's the president of the other major art group in Broken Hill - Willyama Art Society.

I hope you enjoy the exhibition. It sounds like a lot of fun. Although I don't think I can make it, I have seen at least one of the entries, and that's the painting of the "Brushmen of the Bush" by Jenny Cattonar, pictured. It's a significant piece and Jenny is a very talented artist, and a lovely lady as well.

Cheers, Jane Deany