Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Destination: Broken Hill

Mine head by Glyn Patrick
Nine friends, including six lugging cameras and tripods, set out for Broken Hill in western NSW. It's a two day drive, with an overnight at Nyngan and stops in Cobar and Wilcannia. Arriving in time for ANZAC Day, the first 'assignment' was the dawn service, with following days seeing visits to the old mining town of Silverton, the Menindee Lakes and Kinchega National Park, and Mutawintji National Park. Broken Hill itself offers museums, old mine heads and shafts, galleries and parks - in short, lots of history and art. The Miners' Memorial stands against the skyline on top of the huge slag heap which dwarfs the city. As everyone knows, the past three years have provided unusually good rains, so the landscapes of this trip are not typical, but rather what counts for lush in the outback. After a week, the group dispersed to take different routes back to Sydney, one couple continuing on down the Darling River, another catching up with friends along the way. Robin's students, the photographers: Fay Burdon, Fraser Burdon, Carolyn Grattan, Lucie Loane, Glyn Patrick, Alan Stern.
Container train, Broken Hill by Glyn Patrick

Murray River reflections by Glyn Patrick

Open cut at Broken Hill, Lucie Loane

Sheep shearing shed HDR by Lucie Loane

Before the storm by Lucie Loane

River gums by Lucie Loane

Sculpture with magpie. Pic by Lucie Loane

Shearing shed by Fay Burdon

Mining gear by Fraser Burdon

Old rail tracks, Broken Hill by Fay Burdon.

Minehead by Fraser Burdon

Digger on parade, Alan Stern

Hubcup Lake sunset, Alan Stern

Kinchega woolshed by Alan Stern

Miner's memorial, Carolyn Grattan
Mutawintji National Park. Carolyn Grattan.

Nyngan Sunset. Alan Stern

On the road to Silverton. Fay Burdon.

Young Aboriginal soldier, Fraser Burdon

Silverton Memorial. Pic by Carolyn Grattan.

Silverton Window. Pic by Alan Stern.

Silverton car. Pic by Carolyn Grattan.

Miner - pic by Fraser Burdon

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