Blogs from Silverton, New South Wales, Australia, Oceania


Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Silverton March 30th 2022

The AirBnB we are staying in is actually the front unit of a pair of units. The bedroom we are sleeping in must adjoin a bedroom in Unit 2, the occupants of which like to wake to the sound of heavy metal music. Fortunately we have already been awake on each of the last three mornings when their heavy metal ‘alarm’ has started blaring through the wall. Today we went sightseeing in Silverton. Silverton is about 25 kilometres from Broken Hill on a road interspersed with (lots of) dips and floodways! At first it was hard to tell the difference between a dip and a floodway but, eventually, we noted that the floodways seemed to have flatter bottoms AND they were the ones with the flood markers! What was consistent was the amount of red dirt ... read more
Day Dream Mine
Day Dream Mine
Day Dream Mine

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Silverton May 12th 2021

I'm feeling a bit sleepless so take the opportunity to read up on the history of Broken Hill. The hills in which the town now sits were apparently impeding the progress of explorer Charles Sturt when he passed through here in 1844, so he called them the Barrier Range. He thought that one of them looked a bit "broken", hence the town’s name. There go all my theories about mining doing the breaking. It is good to note however that the hill that looked broken then looks even more so now; it's apparently been completely mined away. The town itself was established in 1883 by a Mr Charles Rasp, a German immigrant, after he discovered minerals which eventually proved to be the largest and richest silver and lead ore bodies on the entire planet. Mr Rasp ... read more
Mad Max 2 Museum, Silverton
Silverton Cemetery

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Silverton October 14th 2014

Started today with a headache so took some tablets and laid in a bit until 9am. It was still really windy and quite chilly. After breakfast, Barry went outside and then called out that the dead bird had disappeared – had I removed it? No, I hadn’t touched it. All that was left were a few colourful feathers on the ground. Something had obviously had a feast during the night. We then went into what’s left of Silverton proper. It was originally settled when silver was discovered in the Barrier Ranges in 1876 and mines and smelters were established nearby. It had a population of 1,745 with 4,000 people in the whole district in 1884 and was proclaimed a town and had a Municipal Council in 1885, with a private rail line the Silverton Tramway Company ... read more
The Painted Dunny, Silverton
St Carthage Catholic Church, Silverton
Mad Max II Museum

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Silverton October 13th 2014

We were dragged out of bed by a knock at the door at 8.45am (when we were having a bit of a lie in) and Barry found a Jehovah’s Witness outside the door trying to sell us the Watchtower magazine. He was very unimpressed as we were in a van in a free camping area. He finds it bad enough that they come around to houses but this was the end for him. He firmly said no and came back inside grumbling. We had intended to go back into Peterborough to look at the Steamtown Heritage Rail Centre and a Federation Quilt but there were rain clouds approaching fast, driven by a 30 – 40kph southerly wind. Barry was worried as he’d discovered the plastic cap over the toilet pipe on the roof had gone which ... read more
Crossing the Flinders Ranges
Olary Hotel
Mural of Umberumberka Mine

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Silverton August 23rd 2009

We will be entering our 5th week of travelling tomorrow and I can’t believe how quickly time is flying. I’m happy to report that since I was last “blogging”, Woody has been bathed and is now looking more like his usual self, although it did take me a good few hours to brush all the red sand from his coat! We’ve had such a busy two weeks I don’t really know where to start (although I will try not to make this as long as the last 2!). After leaving Mount Oxley in Bourke, we entered our first adventurous road stretch; the unsealed road from Bourke to Wilcannia which is only passable in dry weather. Since we had seen no sign of rain during the first two weeks and the little signs before you enter the ... read more
Tilpa Hotel
Denis Waterman ... I mean Richie ... on the Big Bench
Silverton - a genuine Wild West

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