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May 20th 2017
Published: May 20th 2017
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If you are in Broken Hill this is worth a visit
Hi everyone, today we played tourists. We started off on a Mine tour at the Daydream mine which is located just outside of Silverton township. OMG. This mine was old school. Lets just say safety and OH&S were a little behind the times but we enjoyed our two hours there. We found ourselves walking down 100 feet below the ground and in spots we needed to crouch to get into the shafts. The shafts are being kept together by timber posts and there were no lights underground. We were relying on the quivering lights of our unstable safety hats. I got a little claustraphobic in one spot but very little you can do when you are 100feet below ground and you don't know the way up. My son Paul was saved a number of times as he kept hitting his head against the rock ceilings and if he didn't have that helmet on we would be gluing his head again. The mine is an old silver mine and was at its peak in the late 1800s. The best part of the mine tour was the tea and scones that we were fed after the tour. After leaving the mine, this took
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The entrance to the day dream mine office. Nearly as old as the mine itself
15kms of winding rough corrugated track, we heading into the old historic town of Silverton. Now Silverton is a small town (population of about 50) consisting of some really well restored historic buildings littered with other historic buildings in total disrepair. We had lunch at the famous Silverton pub which you might have seen in many movies such as Razorback, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, The Flying Doctors and Dirty Deeds. Also in town is a privately owned Mad Max museum. If you are a Mad Max fan (I have to admit I loved those movies) then this museum with the original cars and truck is the place to go. The mad max car scenes were filmed just outside of Silverton. Tourism appears to be what is keeping this small township afloat. The pub meal was typical of what you would find in a country town just good wholesome food. After lunch we headed back to Broken Hill and went to the airport. Yes they have an airport. The airport currently is used as a base of operations for the Royal Flying Doctor Service thus making it a very important hub for this service. It is also
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Just a bunch of kettles hanging on a dead tree
used extensively by the mining industry. We went on a tour of the facility and saw one of the planes up close. Such an important service. We were impressed by the activities of this service.

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The mine shop

Looks like a trotting horse cart . Lots of horses roaming free
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Mining equipment

Not sure what this water contraption did but it looked impressive with the grandchildren

My wife and I just before we entered the bowels of the earth.
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Mine Descent

Our walk down with another 15 odd grey nomads.
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Mine equipment

This drilling machine has killed many a miner due to its tendency to get stuck and jerk
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Water Trolley

This trolley was used to carry water down the mine
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Sleeping quarters

The miners used to live in these shallow stone enclosures and used to sleep elevated as they all has respiratory issues
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An old stove

Found on the old veranda
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Mad Max2

The front of the Mad Max museum
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Mad Max buggy

One of the original buggies used in the movie
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Silverton Pub

This fireplace was in the main bar
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The main bar

The Silverton pub main bar
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The Royal Flying Doctor Service

We did a tour of the Royal Flying Doctor Service depot at the Broken Hill airport. Here is one of the planes. This service does so much good work for regional australia
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Royal Flying Doctor Service

In the gallery on our tour

21st May 2017

Thanks Tony
I love reading your blogs and seeing the pictures, you make it so interesting and I would love to go there. Old things from the past are so interesting. Do they still find silver around that area? Thanks Tony, I look forward to reading more blogs from you. Take care, Jan.

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