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Ambassador’s link to the Hill

Tuesday, 28th January, 2014

Doris Younane in the Silver City for Australia Day festivities. Doris Younane in the Silver City for Australia Day festivities.

By Ethan James

When Australia Day Ambassador Doris Younane was given a list of possible Australia Day ceremonies to attend, there was one location that stood out above the rest. 

“I had a look at the names on the list and immediately I was drawn to Broken Hill,” the actress said.

Doris, who is best known for her role as Moira Doyle in the television series McLeod’s Daughters, has an intriguing connection to the Silver City.

Her father, a Lebanese migrant, worked three jobs, one of which was cleaning engines on coal trains. 

When the day came for her parent’s honeymoon, Doris said that her dad wanted to travel as far as the railway tracks could take him - that final destination was Broken Hill.

“It was such an unusual thing to do, to come and honeymoon in this part of the country especially in the 1950s,” she said.

Such was their love affair with the town, the pair then came back to celebrate their 50th anniversary.

“Dad’s now 90 and he was really quite moved when I told him I was coming to Broken Hill as an ambassador for Australia Day,” Doris said.

“It was a really emotional day to celebrate it with everyone ... it means a lot to me to be here for the first time.

“When we first arrived in town, someone came up to us and said a genuine ‘hello’... it was just a wonderful way to be greeted.

“There is such a beautiful community spirit ... I wish I lived here,”

Doris and her husband plan to explore some of the sights and sounds before heading back to Sydney.

“But I’ll definitely be coming back,” she said.

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