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 worlds largest silver, lead and zinc mineral deposit known as “The Line of Lode” in Broken Hill. The seam has gone on to yield more than 300 million metric tons of ore!
Today mining continues in and around Broken Hill and the old mine sites of BHP are still dotted all over the place. They provide for an interesting look into the past of this prosperous mining town (not as prosperous as the early days but the mining continues to drive the local economy). This particular old BHP mine is on the huge mullock heap that bisects Broken Hill.
Atop the mullock heap is the Line of Lode Miners Memorial which provides a stark reminder of the dangers men faced going down into these mines in the rugged past. More than 800 men have sadly lost their lives over the years mining the seam in Broken Hill.