It's called the Silver City - because Broken Hill was in fact built over a storehouse of silver..
It's called the Silver City - because Broken Hill was in fact built over a storehouse of silver..A wealthy city rising out of the barren desert of far western New South Wales.
A slag heap is our introduction to the city - a place dependent on its lead and zinc deposits - And everywhere are signs that this is a mining town. It's a city that began with a mining rush - growing from a shanty town built by the first group of prospectors in the 1880's. They and their descendants weren't completely sure of the future. And even though the rich ores continue today, much remains as before.
Argent means silver - and Broken Hill grew around Argent Street. This is Broken Hill, 1961 - a flourishing city where the cost of living is less than anywhere else in New South Wales. Goods come from Sydney Adelside and Melbourne.
Since 1883, Broken Hill has produced almost ninety million tons of ore, valued at more than 5-hundred-million pounds...Everyone working on the Line-of-the-lode gets the lead bonus - at present eight pounds seven and six a week. That's ten pounds less than the peak of 1951.
While above the ground, the city has a fresh look - a green belt of trees and shrubs now thriving in the desert. And lakes, made by man - and far below them, the miners are working at the ore face. The amount and extent of the ore isn't yet known. So they are drilling, here within the city itself - looking for new ore deposits to assure the future of Broken Hill. The diamond drill is at work five days a week, borrowing down deep into the earth. The plan is to find new ore bodies to replace existing reserves which are gradually running out...Geologist hope to find a line of lode parallel to the existing main line..
Broken Hill looks ahead with confidence...and we meet Bill O'Neill again. As he returns from the mine, so his son - also a miner sets out for work. There are generations of miners in most of the families in Broken Hill. Bill O'Neill has been president of the Barrier Council for six years.. The council has delegates from twenty two unions, and controls more than eight thousand Broken Hill workers. Here he relaxes with his wife and grand daughter.