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Sunday, 13 September 2015

Broken Hill

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Slag heap

Miners' Memorial
Each name has a white rose

A mine

Broken Hill

Old mine buildings


The weather has been very hot and dry today, with northerly winds.  We are also a bit jetlagged, with Broken Hill being in New South Wales but in the South Australian time zone.  We are not really sure where the television programmes originate, but at least we don’t have to watch Impaja!

We have had a fairly quiet day, taking the opportunity to catch up on laundry and giving the caravan a good clean – the floor was starting to get that ground-in red dirt look.

During the morning we went for a drive to the Miners’ Memorial and Visitors’ Centre, situated on top of a slag heap overlooking the town.  The Visitors’ Centre was closed but we were able to walk through the memorial, with the names of all the miners who had been killed; dates and reasons were also given.  It was reassuring to note that there had only been one death in the past 25 years.  After this, we stopped at the Silver Mine (and chocolate shop) for a browse of their massive stock and were assured that all the silver for the jewellery was mined directly underneath the shop.  The afternoon was a good time to relax and catch up on some reading – have discovered a new author and quickly working through her novels.

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