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Fun part of city’s history

Monday, 18th February, 2019

Christine Adams Christine Adams

By Emily Ferguson

Roll up, roll up! The John Bros Joyland exhibition is about to open. 

Months of research and hard work have resulted in another perfect trip down memory lane via the permanent exhibition at the Sulphide Street Railway and Historical Museum. 

The countdown is on until the exhibition will be shared with the Broken Hill community but first there will be an opening night by invitation only on Friday, March 15. 

This is for the people who have donated their time, effort and money to the glorious new exhibit, to celebrate a time when merry go rounds, clowns and roller skating provided so much pleasure.

The following day, Saturday March 16 is the day the exhibition will be open to the general public. 

The ‘Johns Bros’ were Percy and Ernie Johns, sons of Isaac Johns who came from a family of Cornish miners who worked in South Australia, the south of Western Australia and Broken Hill. 

Isaac Johns died in 1921, aged 48, of fibrosis and tuberculosis but he made his sons promise to never work on the mines. Instead they became sole owners of Crystal Theatres Limited by the 1940s. 

The John Bros Joyland exhibition is sure to bring back memories and allow the younger generations to imagine the world of fun it brought. 

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