Thursday, 16 September 2021

Silverton, NSW

Silverton NSW is 26 kms north west of Broken Hill, 1,172 km from Sydney with about 50 people living in the area.  The road into Silverton when we went there was of gravel and dust, brownish red in colour and when wet it sticks like glue, we call it 'Bull Dust'.  Apparently the road is sealed now.

This is the area where the Movie Mad Max (original) was filmed for those who know of this film. 
The Hotel was used in the movie and it's rather different inside (no photo).
The first photo a shop which doesn't sell a great deal only the bare essentials, bread which is fresh - but frozen, that is fresh bread to them.  The creature on the verandah is alive :)

In 1875 two men were drilling and came upon Silver so the population swelled and a train line built to South Australia (SA).  Don't think this train line exists now. 
Houses were built of Iron and Canvas. With the depletion of the silver after a few years people moved out taking their houses with them to mostly Broken Hill where Iron Ore was the thing.
Many a person used to venture to Silverton for a picnic apparently, have no idea if that still happens these days.
By 1901 the town and immediate area was home to less than 300 people, but it remained popular as a venue for recreational outings by Broken Hill residents.  
In 1915 The Battle of Broken Hill took place on a New Year's Day picnic train from Broken Hill to Silverton was attacked by a gunman from Afghanistan, and modern-day Pakistan. (You see there were problems back then :))
 
There are things to do and see in and around Silverton these days, Camel Rides, Creek walks and a few other things.


The Silverton Gaol Museum above.


The Silverton Hotel and the car which is similar to the one used in the movie Mad Max.




  Traps on the stone wall for catching animals. 

62 comments:

  1. Insteresting history with the emerge of population and the iconic Mel Gibson in mad max movie series. The creature is at verandah, looks like a mule or pony.

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    1. It was a pony I believe, sometimes hard to tell from a distance.

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  2. Cuando estuve en Canarias, tuve la oportunidad de subirme en un camello, pero al final no me decicí a hacerlo y no hice la excursión.

    Besos

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    1. That's fair enough, camel rides are not for everyone. I've had plenty of opportunity to ride on a camel but never did so.

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  3. I remember bulldust. It gets into everything and is very, very hard to remove.
    Thanks for this look at a town I haven't visited.

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    1. Bulldust gets in places you couldn't imagine EC.
      At least it's flat there in Silverton.

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  4. Reminds me of the old ghost towns I've seen. I see someone is selling relics, that's interesting. ;)

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    1. Ghost towns can be interesting if you can find out the history about it and so forth.
      Oh yes, bottles of all descriptions and other things as well that's been found in the area...it was interesting.

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  5. Hi Margaret,
    A very interesting place. I loved the 1st photo with the horse on the verandah.
    Take care

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    1. I had to look twice to see if it was alive Maria for it stood ever so still.

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  6. Интересно, как были устроены эти дома из холста и железа?
    Есть где-то информация?
    А как выглядит замороженый хлеб?

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    1. No information on how the iron houses with canvas, the iron would be some kind of tin I presume, not thick iron as I know it. Have no idea where these dwellings were put but I expect in the town in rows.
      Frozen bread is bread as I know it packaged in some kind of clear wrapping and all placed in a freezer, when needed taken out and thawed. We do this here at home, buy fresh bread by about 6 to 8 loaves put them all in the freezer, take one out when needed as it safes us going to the supermarket everyday or two days. The supermarket is only 2km away from home here.

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    1. Certainly a very different place Jo-Anne, never seen another like it.

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  8. I'm sure the road was sealed when we were there in 2007. Some trivia, although the railway looked and behaved like a train, it was a private line and only the NSW government could own a railway, so the line was called a tramway.

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    1. I've heard it's now sealed so you would be right. That's correct, I read that when researching about the railway - interesting.

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  9. Meio sinistro, igual aos filmes, mas bem interessante! bj

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    1. That's true, it's in the middle of no where, would be a lonely place but I'm sure the locals all 50 of them would have some activities going on to keep themselves amused.

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  10. For sure a horse, not a mule! What a remarkable place! Your pictures capture it well-- as usual.

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  11. Interesting town. Looks like a cowboy town that we see on TV. Beautiful creature on the verandah.

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  12. Interesting story of a special place. It looks like a ghost town.
    The photo with the horse under the shady porch is beautiful!!!!

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    1. It is a ghost town but it's still going, the people that live there must just love it. Very tame that horse/pony.

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  13. A very interesting place! Would love to visit the place one day.

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  14. Siempre gusta saber sobre la historia de estos lugares. Gracias Margaret
    Buen jueves.
    Un abrazo.

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  15. Hello Margaret,
    Wonderful pictures.
    Great to see that old car.

    Greetings, Marco

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  16. Uy geniales imagenes, me dio cositas las trampas para los animales. Te mandop un beso

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    1. Thanks. They don't use those traps these days back way back they did.

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    1. We heard about Silverton in Briken Hill so we went for a look and haunch there.lol

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  18. Hi, I loved this post, so I can travel through what you show us.
    I have loved your publication, I did not know your blog, do you want us to follow? it already cuts me into dice. Cheers

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    1. Yes you can travel Australia with what I show if you wish...

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  19. Since we have never traveled anywhere near a ghost town, it was interesting to see that you have, Margaret. I wonder how much business that cafe does after reading about the lack of people around.

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    1. Probably not a lot of business, the Cafe would rely on Tourists as would the Pub and the other couple of business there. NSW is in lockdown and has been for a while with easing in some areas so I heard.

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  20. A very interesting place to visit and a interesting history!
    Titti

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    1. I should image there is heaps of history in Silverton if one dug further.

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  21. Oh! How I hate crowds! ;)

    Take care...have a great weekend. :)

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  22. Такие интересные места! А почему нет вокруг людей? Вот ведь как, два человека покурили и изменилась вся местность...

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    1. Silverton is not a popular place to visit due to where it's located, too far from the cities, it's a baren area , no store, water shortage, dust, no grass a d it gets very hot in summer.

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    1. Well some folk there might wear a large hat with protection from flies in that area.

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  24. nice place to visit...

    thank you for sharing interesting photos

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  25. My favourite photograph here is your first one ...

    All the best Jan

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  26. can't imagine area with fifty people living only
    it's nice and soothing ,filming can make any place popular ,our village was also used for filming movie shots because of it's natural beauty

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    1. Had to believe only that many people, but that is the case in many Outback towns, just a handful of people living in harsh conditions.

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  27. Me encanta lo que nos cuentas, es muy interesante. Un abrazo.

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    1. Teresa it's good that you like, not many people will get the opportunity to travel Australia mostly all over as we have done, it's pleasing to me to share the photos of what I saw along the way :)

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