Monday, July 28, 2008
Broken Hill and beyond
I like Broken Hill - it has big wide streets, (speed limit 40k - oops) most named after mineral type things like Argent, Oxide, Iodide, Bromide, Kaolin and Silver; and lots of dirt.
The town is centered on the Line of Lode - a massive deposit of silver/lead/zinc ore that transformed a boundary rider into a very wealthy man. It took me a while to realise that the hills around the city were mullock and slag heaps from the years of mining activity and that the 'Broken Hill' was part of those heaps.
Art galleries and Mineral museums and Industrial landmarks are everywhere as are references to the town's strong Trade Union history.
The fact that it was the middle of 'winter' when we were there did make the visit a lot more pleasant than it would have been in a 38C Summer, the accommodation was reasonable and not overpriced and there was even a Local Yarn Shop to visit.