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Couple come home after little stint

Wednesday, 19th December, 2018

Jeffery Hendy (left) and Peter Hendy (right) with Little Topar roadhouse owners Colin and Barbara Harvey who will be moving back to Broken Hill. PICTURE: Myles Burt Jeffery Hendy (left) and Peter Hendy (right) with Little Topar roadhouse owners Colin and Barbara Harvey who will be moving back to Broken Hill. PICTURE: Myles Burt

By Myles Burt

Colin and Barbara Harvey are finishing up at the Little Topar roadhouse after 29 years. 

The couple took over the roadhouse as they moved into semi-retirement after driving trucks for a living. They had arranged to sell it three years ago but the prospective buyer died.

However, in January this year a new owner came along and, with the paperwork now complete, Colin and Barbara Harvey are moving back to Broken Hill.

“I don’t want to go but we have to go,” Barbara said.

“One of us is going to blast off soon, it’s just a fact of life.

“I’ll definitely miss being here because it just feels like you’re leaving home.

“But Broken Hill is home and always will be.

“We’re Broken Hill people and we love Broken Hill.”

In all their years of running the spot on the Sydney road, they have only had three incidents, one being a scuffle with bikies who were travelling through.

They have always kept the place in good order and bad language is forbidden.

“That thing there (the ‘no swearing’ sign) has been here for 29 years and I’m taking it with me and putting it in my shed,” Barbara said.

“You have to run a place so it’s suitable for anybody and everybody.

“I don’t think there’s any need for that.”

Travellers who swore had to pay a gold coin fine and the money was donated to the Flying Doctor. The jar has been empty for years.

“Nothing goes in there because no one swears,” said Barbara. 

Colin and Barbara have even left their mark on the landscape as well - a rusty shark. Colin built it eight years ago when massive rain flooded the plain.

“I put it in the water down there and it’s still down there,” he said.

The couple thanked brothers Jeffery and Peter Hendy who have worked at the roadhouse for more than 20 years and also sent their best wishes to all their regulars. 

The Little Topar Roadhouse officially changes hands tomorrow.

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