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…

Mephisto – The Last German A7V Sturmpanzerwagen

I recently revisited the always impressive Australian War Memorial in Canberra, which is currently exhibiting an interesting and very rare piece of World War One history. Wander into the ground floor of the large ANZAC Hall and you will be confronted by the mighty Mephisto, the only surviving A7V Sturmpanzerwagen (armoured assault vehicle) Imperial German World War One tank…

Brim Silo Art – The Wimmera’s Artistic Masterpiece!

Brisbane based artist Guido van Helten has given a huge boost to the lifeblood of the tiny north Wimmera farming town of Brim with a population of just 100 people. He has created an amazing, massive and impressive 30 metre x 30 metre mural of 4 local farmers on the towns decommissioned grain silos! This grand mural which depicts 3 local…