City highlights heritage
Friday, 5th April, 2019
By Emily McInerney
Broken Hill will be treated to a week and a half of historical activities to mark the Heritage Festival.
The Heritage Festival will kick off from Thursday, April 18 with the Town Hall Facade Heritage Highlights.
According to spokeswoman Christine Adams, the lighting of the Town Hall Facade was very popular last year and should be another good addition this year.
“The festival will start with the opening of the Silver Dreams and Red Dust Art Exhibition at the Willyama Visual Art Centre,” Mrs Adams said.
“That will open at 6pm, then at 7pm we will have the Heritage Highlights.
“Everyone absolutely loved it last year and it will be just as good this year.
“There will be different images which will highlight Broken Hill’s history.”
Mrs Adams said the Art Exhibition has been sponsored by Broken Hill Rotary.
“It is based around the theme ‘Unionism and Mining’ and it will be really good to see all the local talent.”
She said that there will be many activities over the Easter weekend.
“It’s a great opportunity to come to Broken Hill and see lots of our heritage sites.
“On Good Friday, we will have ‘A Monumental Tale: Mining and Unionism Epitaph’ which is a heritage walk/bus tour around the cemetery.
“It will start at 9am at the Cemetery Rose Garden. We will walk passed the influential epitaphs from our mining and union history.”
Mrs Adams said there will be a morning tea after the tour.
On Saturday, April 20, the Picnic Train will be running from 10am - 3pm, then Saturday night there will be an event at the Sulphide Street
Railway Museum - ‘Linked by Rail’.
The event will require booking as there are drinks and nibbles provided.
“We will showcase the trains that used to truck ore from Broken Hill to Port Pirie through heritage film,” Mrs Adams said.
“The museum will also be showcased under lights, which is spectacular.”
On Sunday, there will be ‘Jedinstvo = Unity’ at the Napredak Club from 3pm.
“The Easter Bunny will visit, wheelbarrow races and there will be songs around unionism and mining,” Mrs Adams said.
“The migrants from former Croatia had a large role to play in unionism in this city. It will be a run event on Sunday.”
On Monday, Whites Mineral Museum will waive their entry fee and open their doors for visitors.
“They are just asking for a gold coin donation. There will be two showings one at 10am and one at 2pm.”
Then on Tuesday, Stan Goodman will host a moving talk on ‘The Human Cost of Mining’ at the Library from 10am.
That evening from 6pm, the GeoCentre will have an exhibition ‘Shoulder to Shoulder Rebel Women of Broken Hill’.
“It shows the influence women had in Broken Hill in the early years through the World Wars.
“At the same time, Ross Clark will be offering guided tours of the minerals at the GeoCentre.
“Titled ‘Our Mineral Rainforest’.”
On April 24 and 26, there will be sponsored bus tours thanks to Silver City Tours.
The Heritage Mining Exploration Tour will run from 9.30am - 11.30am both days.
Tickets need to be booked for the tour.
“We will have very special bus drivers who are well-versed in the history of Broken Hill take the tour on some special sights.
“The tour will conclude at Perilya’s Mining Museum.”
On Wednesday night, the main event of the Festival is being hosted at the Civic Centre.
“Mining Our Own Business: Past, Present and Future” will one of our main events.
“It will be fully catered by Lee Cecchin and bookings are required.
“We will have some fantastic speakers and is a great opportunity for people in the mining industry to have a catch up.
“The normal heritage walking tours from the VIC will run concurrently throughout the festival.”
On April 27, a talk on the Heritage of Broken Hill will be held at the Library by heritage adviser John Davies.
“The John Reid Heritage Awards will also be given out. Then a heritage walk of Argent Street will take place from 2pm.”
The Festival will wind up with the CWA’s High Tea ‘Brides through the Years’ on Sunday at the Civic Centre.
Bookings can be made at brokenhill.nsw.gov.au/events or visit the webpage for more information.