Architecture of Broken Hill

Trip Start Sep 21, 2012
Trip End Oct 27, 2012

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The Big Picture, The Big Ant

Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Thursday, September 27, 2012

Broken Hill Day 7

I was up at 6am this morning thinking I would be the only person in the showers but apparently Grey Nomads all get up at this time. There were already 4 ladies in line for the showers. Oh well it was fun chatting with them all while I waited.

At 7am mum, dad, Phyllis & I drove into town, walked around taking photos of all the beautiful buildings before the crowds arrived when the shops opened. There was information boards infront of all the old buildings explaining when they were built & what the street used to look like in the 1800s. They sure knew how to make spectacular architecture back in those days. So much detail on the buildings' exterior.

We drove around taking photos for about an hour arriving back at camp at 9am in time for the free pancakes Broken Hill Tourist Park puts on next to the pool. Braiden & I grabbed our plates & headed up. Mmmm 2 hot pancakes for breakfast with maple syrup. They sure were delicious.

Today is very hot & a dry warm wind has been blowing all day. So not much is happening this morning. The kids & I went for a nice cool swim which was freezing cold & a lot of sitting around camp drinking.

After lunch we headed out to “The Big Picture” this is a huge acrylic painting 12m high & 100m long in a semi circle. It cost my family $20 to see it. It took 2years to paint. It has all the landscapes of outback painted on it. In front was red dirt with trees & animal sculptures of the outback. It was extremely impressive. Unfortunately you can’t take photos inside. You’ll just have to take my word for it.
The big Picture canvas measuring almost 100 metres long & 12 metres at its highest point! Ando had a vision & was able to take that first brush stroke and a million more to finish the 100,000 saltbush, 20,000 trees, 20,000 small stones, 1000 large stones, 3000 clouds, 1500 hills and the 12 sculptures which comprise The Big Picture, the World's Largest Acrylic Painting on Canvas by a single artist. Opened to the public in 2001

We headed back into town & had a couple of pictures infront of The Big Ant made by Pro Hart. The Syndicate of Seven the heads of the 1st people who owned the Broken Hill Mines. Another information board was here telling you all about them. Had a quick look around town.

On September 5, 1883, Charles Rasp, a boundary rider at the remote Mount Gipps sheep station pegged out a 40 acre mineral lease with the help of two dam-sinking contractors, David James and James Poole. Charles Rasp was sure that the hilly ground contained black oxide of tin and told the station manager George McCulloch that he wanted to quit his boundary rider's job to prospect the claim.
Confronted with the possibility of prospectors roaming about his property, George McCulloch suggested that a syndicate of seven station employees be formed to develop the claim and an additional six leases to be pegged and registered - the seven agreed and the syndicate was formed. Little did they realise that under their feet, beneath the rugged outcrop of 'broken hill' as it was known lay one of the most valuable mineral deposits in the world. Neither could have known that out of their venture would develop the largest public company in Australia - BHP.Seven men had the opportunity to become wealthy beyond their wildest dreams - the value of each of their original shares today would be in excess of a billion dollars! Unfortunately for some, fame and fortune did not follow

We went back to Woolworths to do a little food shopping. When we got back to camp I cooked a casserole for tea. I don’t know why it is so hot to even eat it. I hope it cools down soon.
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