Silverton

Silverton, NSW, Australia, 30th March 2015

Australia, Cars, Landscape, Mad Max 2, Mining, New South Wales, Photography, Silverton, Travel

Before driving back to Canberra, I stayed the night at Silverton, not far from Broken Hill and once a prosperous mining town.  I stayed at the hotel.  The grey beetle at the front is a Mad Max reference, because Mad Max 2 was filmed around here.

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Australia, Cars, Landscape, Mad Max 2, Mining, New South Wales, Photography, Silverton, Travel

Three donkeys wandered up for a drink at the hotel.  Their ancestors probably worked in the mines.

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Australia, Cars, Landscape, Mad Max 2, Mining, New South Wales, Photography, Silverton, Travel

This was behind the hotel, beside a stage that was at the time unused.  Multiple owners over the years.  At least three, I think.

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Australia, Cars, Landscape, Mad Max 2, Mining, New South Wales, Photography, Silverton, Travel

Opposite my unit was the remains of the original hotel, from 1884.  It allegedly sold nineteen tons of beer in the first four weeks of operation and was abandoned after a fire.

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Australia, Cars, Landscape, Mad Max 2, Mining, New South Wales, Photography, Silverton, Travel

It was late afternoon and I went for a walk, though everything apart from the pub was closed.  John Dynon’s gallery …

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Australia, Cars, Landscape, Mad Max 2, Mining, New South Wales, Photography, Silverton, Travel

… and his car, which he did not appear to be using.  Perhaps he lives in the back of the gallery so doesn’t usually need the car.

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Australia, Cars, Landscape, Mad Max 2, Mining, New South Wales, Photography, Silverton, Travel

There are many relics of the nineteenth century mining town

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Australia, Cars, Landscape, Mad Max 2, Mining, New South Wales, Photography, Silverton, Travel

and even a Mad Max Museum.

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Australia, Cars, Landscape, Mad Max 2, Mining, New South Wales, Photography, Silverton, Travel

The cafe was closed (as with everything else).

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Australia, Cars, Landscape, Mad Max 2, Mining, New South Wales, Photography, Silverton, Travel

Here we  have the remains of half a houseAustralia, Cars, Landscape, Mad Max 2, Mining, New South Wales, Photography, Silverton, Travel

You can see what I mean from the historic photograph taken from a notice board at the site. Apparently, in the Depression, people could register a plan for a full house but if they were short of money they might only build half of it, in the hope that they could afford more later on.

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Australia, Cars, Landscape, Mad Max 2, Mining, New South Wales, Photography, Silverton, Travel

Another gallery was accompanied by some colourful accoutrements.

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Australia, Cars, Landscape, Mad Max 2, Mining, New South Wales, Photography, Silverton, Travel

This outhouse and the previous ute are illustrated with what appears to be a rural legend (well, it can’t be an urban legend can it?) of a flying dunny.

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Australia, Cars, Landscape, Mad Max 2, Mining, New South Wales, Photography, Silverton, Travel

Old beetles are ubiquitous, it seems.

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Australia, Cars, Landscape, Mad Max 2, Mining, New South Wales, Photography, Silverton, Travel

This old house with a kind of a rail scooter beside it had an open door at the back.

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Australia, Cars, Landscape, Mad Max 2, Mining, New South Wales, Photography, Silverton, Travel

This is the view looking through one of the windows.

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Australia, Cars, Landscape, Mad Max 2, Mining, New South Wales, Photography, Silverton, Travel

The wall paper seems recent (as in last hundred years or so).

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Australia, Cars, Landscape, Mad Max 2, Mining, New South Wales, Photography, Silverton, Travel

You may be able to read the frame of the bicycle if you click on the image.  This is a Silverton bicycle, as something of an art exhibit.

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Nearby, another old car.

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Australia, Cars, Landscape, Mad Max 2, Mining, New South Wales, Photography, Silverton, Travel

Silver was discovered near here in 1875 by two men drilling for a well.  The town was founded in 1885 and reached a peak population of 3,000 in the 1890s.  After that, the town was eclipsed by Broken Hill and also the silver lode ran out.  Now there are about 40 inhabitants.

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Australia, Cars, Landscape, Mad Max 2, Mining, New South Wales, Photography, Silverton, Travel

Somone put a lot of work into that stonework once.

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Australia, Cars, Landscape, Mad Max 2, Mining, New South Wales, Photography, Silverton, Travel

This is the Silverton Jail, built in 1889 and now a museum..

10 comments on “Silverton

  1. leecleland says:

    All closed as after the weekend or closed permanently? Fascinating images of a place I’ve never been able to work out why it still remains, with people there. Thanks for another look Murray.

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  2. LaVagabonde says:

    Love these old places that just keep hanging on.

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  3. Wonderful shots. Interesting place. Where I live could be such a ghost town in 20 years. We stay because it is peaceful, we know everyone and it’s just ‘home’. Did you notice that the outhouse was occupied when you photographed it – or were those dummy legs?

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  4. I have to say the monochrome treatments works

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