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Titanic interest lingers

Thursday, 19th April, 2012

EPIC TALE: Museum assistant John Fadden with John Martin who donated tiles from the Titanic’s sister ship to the show. EPIC TALE: Museum assistant John Fadden with John Martin who donated tiles from the Titanic’s sister ship to the show.

By Kurtis Eichler

Broken Hill might be five hours from the nearest ocean, but that hasn’t stopped local interest in the doomed passenger liner Titanic.

As part of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the ill-fated ship, the Albert Kersten Mineral and Mining Museum is about to raise the curtains on a exhibition about the ship.

“Titanic: A Monumental Story” opens tomorrow at 6pm after six months of research and physical labour.

Museum manager Angela Bailey expects the show to be a winner as the legend of Titanic was a “fascinating” tale.

“Especially the local connection with the bands and why they put the monument up,” Ms Bailey told the BDT.

She’s spent much of the last six months studying the British inquiry into why the ship sunk.

Tiles from its sister ship Olympic - identical to those used on the Titanic - are just some of the memorabilia on show. They were donated by former South Hampton, Broken Hill man John Martin.

Also on display is a replica model of the city’s memorial to the bandsmen which stands in Sturt Park, as well as hundreds of old photos.

“A lot of them I sent away to Ireland for,” said Ms Bailey.

One of the photos is the only known picture of the Titanic’s radio room, taken by an Irish Jesuit priest, Father Brown, who died in 1960. The photo was discovered 25 years later.

James Cameron, the director of the movie “Titanic” used Fr Brown’s shots for his sets, Ms Bailey said.

Even though the exhibition had yet to open it was already attracting interest, she said.

“There’s been a couple of tourists asking when it’s opening.”

“Titanic: A Monumental Story” opens tomorrow night and runs until June 20.
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