Snapshots of Europe: Kameni Most – Prizren, Kosovo

Prizren is a picturesque historic city in Kosovo, that formed part of the Ottoman Empire from the 15th to the early 20th century. The Ottoman culture remains evident today with the fully restored 15th century Ottoman stone bridge (Kameni Most) over the Lepenac River remaining an icon of the city.  The bridge, with the nearby grand Sina Pasha…

Snapshots of Europe: Stari Most – Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina

Mostar is a must visit place if travelling in this part of the Balkans and is the most important city in the Herzegovina region of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Predominately made up of Muslim Bosniaks and Croats, the mix of religion and culture with inspiration from an Ottoman past makes for a unique little city. The major attraction of Mostar is the famous Stari Most (Old Bridge)…

The Big Bench of Broken Hill

Atop the massive mullock heap known as The Line of Lode (the worlds largest silver, lead and zinc mineral deposit) in the outback New South Wales mining town of Broken Hill sits the Big Bench. In Australia we love big things and at 2.5 times the size of a normal park bench this art installation fits the bill. Normally these…

Remnants of the Past: The Old Junction Mine, Broken Hill

The Junction Mine in Broken Hill was first leased and pegged in 1884 and the associated Broken Hill Junction Silver Mining Co. was formed  in 1886. The 1890’s wooden headframe is erected over Browne Shaft (named after Sylvester Browne, a director of the mine) and is the oldest that remains on the massive silver, lead and zinc mineral…

Remnants of the Past: Old BHP Mine, Broken Hill

The isolated western New South Wales outback town of Broken Hill was built on the back of the success of the huge mining company Broken Hill Proprietary Company Limited (BHP – formed by the Syndicate of Seven and incorporated in 1885 as the first mining company of Broken Hill), “The Big Australian” who tapped into the…

Remnants of the Past: The Old Homestead II

A Wimmera-Mallee farmers long abandoned homestead can be spotted just a few kilometres outside the town of Lascelles, on the Henty Highway towards Hopetoun. This house may be abandoned and near ruined but sitting alone out in the middle of that paddock, it still has a certain charm.

Remnants of the Past: The Old Homestead

I recently spotted this old stone homestead on a farm near the highway north of Burra in the mid-north of South Australia. These types of places are dotted all over this region and make you wonder what type of life people lived out there in an age before cars and trucks rushed by?

Remnants of the Past: The Old Burra Burra Mine

On the edge of the town of Burra in the mid-north of South Australia sits the Burra Burra Mine. The colour of the water in this old mine pit is quite stunning.  The greenish colour which changes throughout the year is believed to be caused by a scattering of light caused by minute crystals in the water….

The Dreaded Gas Warfare of World War One

Enemy artillery shells come screaming in and crashing about, bringing a thunderous nightmare! Soon an eerie great cloud drifts slowly towards the trenches. The call to don a mask is roared out along the line, “It’s the dreaded gas boys!“. Blinding, gaseous poison that could burn the skin whilst destroying lungs in a single breath, leading to a slow,…

Forever Marilyn

The unexpected death of Hollywood actress Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson in Los Angeles, California,  June 1st, 1926 – August 5th, 1962) at just 36 years of age in 1962 shocked the world but froze this classic beauty in time forever more. One of the most iconic memories for most people of Marilyn, is that moment over 60…