Broken Hill is one of the most famous mining cities in Australia – indeed it’s the longest-lived mining town in the country. Ore was first discovered on a hill in 1883, leading to it becoming a mining sensation. The massive ore body beneath the ground proved to be the largest single source of silver, lead and zinc in the world. The city is also the home place of BHP Billiton, Australia’s famous mining company.
The town features many significant and memorable sites that harken back to the previous century and the mines that made Broken Hill famous. At the Albert Kerston Mining & Minerals Museum you can learn about how ore bodies are formed and see a large number of minerals taken from the grounds in the area.
If you are more interested in artwork, you can’t miss a visit to White’s Mineral Art & Living Mining Museum. This unique gallery which features incredible paintings and artefacts which tell Broken Hill’s story visually through art, models and memorabilia.
The impact of Broken Hill upon Australia’s history is not just confined to the precious ore beneath the ground. It was in Broken Hill that national conscription was defeated and the 35 hour working week was introduced. This history, and the 800-plus miners have lost their lives in the mines, are remembered at the Miners’ Memorial, a must for any visit to the town.
Other features of the town include the Day Dream Mine Tour and Junction Mine Lookout where you get to experience life as a miner and understand more about the town’s history.
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