Inside the Collection


The Water Pipeline to the Broken Hill Mines

October 1, 2012

Geoff Barker
These sections of pipe originally connected the outback mining town of Broken Hill with its the water supply at Umberumberka Creek. They remain significant reminders of just how difficult it has been for the town to find water for both its townsfolk and the silver, lead and zinc mining for which it is famous.

Beneath the Streets: the Tank Stream

September 27, 2010

Erika Taylor
The object above is actually part of the Tank Stream sewer, and surprisingly one of the most significant objects in our collection. The Tank Stream started as an actual naturally occurring water source and was one of Governor Philip's formative reasons for choosing the site for the Colony's first settlement in 1788.