CAWA Trip 2018 -More of Broken Hill

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5/10/18

Staying at the racecourse we have been treated to the trotters training around the track each morning. After breakfast we headed out for the morning with our first stop being at the Sculptures at The Living Desert (see separate blog post). We headed back towards town but turned off to take the highway out to view the AGL Solar Plant. The 140 hectare 53 MW solar plant, owned by the Powering Australian Renewables Fund and operated by AGL, produces enough renewable energy to power 22,000 average Australian homes. There are story boards inside the viewing platform and these photos show only a few of the 677,760 solar panels in this plant.

 

 

 

These buildings you see scattered through the plant are inverter kiosks. We wonder why more of our outback is not utilised in this way???

By now it was time for coffee and McCafe was on the way and provided coffees for free with our seniors cards. Nice!! Then it was off to the Sulphide Street Railway and Historical Museum Complex. For the entry cost of $5 pp we could visit The Spiritual home of the Silverton Tramway Company Ltd, the Broken Hill Heritage Migrant Museum, Broken Hill Hospital Museum, Ron Carter Transport Pavilion and the Tess Alfonzi Mineral Collection. The main entry and railway memorabilia is housed in the old station. In the yards behind are various trains, engines and other railway equipment.

The Migrant Museum features story boards to tell the tales of these families and what they endured to become Australians and work in this inhospitable country. Each month one family is featured to tell their story in detail.

The Hospital Museum again shows a lot of equipment of the times and uniforms as well as telling the stories of the nurses in the war.

The Transport Museum houses buggies and the early ambulances in the country.

We spent well over an hour here and then completed our last chore of filling the car with fuel for our final run home over the next few days. On the way we passed the Trades Hall building where a lot of work was undertaken to give the miners their rights and protection.

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