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A celebration of history

Friday, 15th May, 2015

Broken Hill Historical Society treasurer Ian Schipanski pictured in front of the Synagogue in 2006. Ian was treasurer for 10 years. Broken Hill Historical Society treasurer Ian Schipanski pictured in front of the Synagogue in 2006. Ian was treasurer for 10 years.

The Broken Hill Historical Society is celebrating its 50th anniversary on June 6 and 7.

On March 30, 1965, a group of men came together to discuss the possibility of forming a local Historical Society.

A public meeting was held at the Broken Hill City Council Chambers which was then situated in the Town Hall.

The meeting took place on April 13, 1965 and about 27 people attended.

A resolution was carried that the BH Historical Society be formed and a draft constitution was considered.

James Prendergast and Geoffrey Lithgow along with others made up the first committee.

One of the achievements carried out by past members of the Society was the restoration of the old Mosque in Buck Street in 1965.

Members inspected the Silverton Gaol in October 1966 and were instrumental in setting up a special trust under the Department of Crown Lands.

The building was renovated by the members of the Broken Hill Historical Society and is now used as a museum.

Secretary of the Historical Society Jenny Camilleri said in 2014, they saw 15,137 people pass through the door.

“The Synagogue of the Outback Museum is the headquarters of the Broken Hill Society, we hold monthly meetings on the second Monday of each month at 7.30pm and visitors are most welcome,” she said.

“We have a guest speaker on most nights.

“The co-ordinator of the Synagogue of the Outback Museum is Margaret Price.

“Visitors enjoy looking around and it is well worth a look, we have on display the Titanic Memorabilia and the John Hartley Diecast Collection in the Ralph Wallace Research Centre.”

The research centre has a screen and projector to enhance topics presented by guest speakers.

“Anyone wishing to use this air conditioned facility can make a booking.

“The Society is holding an open day on June 6 from 10am at the synagogue and anyone is welcome to come along and look at the former building.

“The Society is having a couple of very interesting guest speakers - Associate Professor Don Garden and Professor Simon Molesworth, AO, QC.

“Professor Garden is the president of the Federation of Australian Historical Societies.

“He will be speaking around 2pm.

“Professor Molesworth is a patron of our society.”

On the Sunday, a trip to the Silverton Gaol and School has been arranged; a bus will leave from the Synagogue at 10am.

The bus is limited to about 19 people and guests and members will be having lunch at the Silverton Tea Rooms.

Past and present members are welcome, if attending could you please contact Jenny on 0419 861 153.

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