Southern Trek with Hazel & Ron travel blog

Trades Hall, Broken Hill

Interior of Trades Hall, Broken Hill.

Posters inside Trades Hall, Broken Hill.

Broken Hill Sculptures story

Most recognised sculpture - Hazel likes the pile of stones in the...

13/10/2018. Saturday. Warm, few drops of rain

Broken Hill

Another slow start, with first stop being the local Market, which was like most markets! We then went to the main shopping street and Hazel and I found a beautiful, classy giftware shop and yes, we did each make a purchase!

Broken Hill is the birthplace of Australian Unions in 1884, where the nearly 3000 union members out-numbered the non-union workers at a ratio of 7:1. We had a look inside the Trades Hall and at some of the interesting old posters before returning to the Silver City Mint to complete unfinished shopping from yesterday.

We had a quick bite for lunch and as it starting sprinkling we went out to the Living Desert and walked around the Broken Hill Sculptures. It was interesting and I enjoyed wandering around but decided that I wasn’t artistic and mostly, couldn’t quite see what the sculptor saw. The view looking out over the plains and the city of Broken Hill in the distance was spectacular and makes us realise how vast our country is. Fortunately the sprinkles came to nothing out here, although there were signs of heavy rain back in the city.

We were back home in time to have a rest and read a book before thinking about dinner. An English couple shared nibbles and drinks with us tonight.

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