the white elephant goes to Broken Hill

January 8, 2007

Finally online, as it’s only taken me 4 days to arrange internet access here. The white elephant has taken 3 weeks out of ordinary life, dragging husband and wonder-twins to the Outback, to work in mystery occupation. And has discovered that strangely enough, the desert is no place for toddlers. However there are many interesting and good things about Broken Hill.

1. Cheap childcare at the Musician’s Club. You can drop off any age children for up to 3 hours on a Saturday or Friday night for only $3. They will spend the time with a lovely maternal lady who gives hugs into the bargain and lets them play on some quite reasonable toys. This enables parents to enjoy meal, drinks and even entertainment. What a bargain, what a luxury. Last weekend we narrowly missed Karaoke by only 1/2 an hour, my only complaint about this wonderful arrangement.

2. The Desert. It’s quite difficult to describe how vast, hot and silent it really is, which leads to…

3. The Art. It’s quite easy to imagine why there is a veritable colony of artists who gather here to paint abovementioned desert. I truly love the artwork in Broken Hill and would love to spend a lot of time in galleries, toddlers permitting.

4. The Pool. Nice public pool includes baby pool with shade cloths. Not too overpopulated and there even seemed to be a bit of a breeze blowing through, which would be unlike any other part of the town.

5. Churches. Just about every denomination you could think of is represented here in a town of 16000 people. Not the place to send your missionaries, if you are reading this thinking of a possible destination for your church outreach programme, services here are quite enough, thank you very much.

 Sure there are some bad things, like the heat, isolation, drugs, incestuousness and violence. Which may prevent the white elephant from bringing her offspring here permanently. But not a bad place for a short-term stint in mystery occupation. More later.

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2 Responses to “the white elephant goes to Broken Hill”


  1. Welcome back! Hope you’re enjoying your break, and the mystery occupation.

  2. Amanda Says:

    Hey- that is so cool that you guys are out there, except for the fact that you probably won’t be in Sydney when I am there in the week of the 19th of January …

    Anyway, Chris and I went to Broken Hill a few years ago and l-o-v-e-d LOVED it! We would consider living there for a year or so. The combination of all those creative people and desert makes it so interesting.

    The op shops were great too so check them out!

    Have fun, would love to know what you are doing out there?

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