West Darling Machinery Preservation Society

The West Darling Machinery Preservation Society was established in 1988 by a group of machinery enthusiasts.

Their aim is to restore heritage machinery back to working order or to working appearance.  Originally, the members met at each other’s homes but in 1990 the organisation established a base in Crystal St known as “The Conservation Centre”, which is used to restore the engines, but also to display them for public viewing.  

This site would be of interest to most visitors to Broken Hill, particularly those who have an interest in machinery and technology and the skills involved in restoration. The museum holds a broad collection of objects that reflect the industrial and technological history of the Broken Hill region and also houses objects that illustrate the innovative technology that has been an important part of the area.

The Broken Hill City Council supports the group by providing the workshop premises, plant equipment and storage facilities. 

Entry to the museum is free, and donations are welcome. Open Thurs & Sun 9am-12pm & by appointment, located at The Conservation Centre, 479 Crystal St.

The group conduct a number of activities and programs which enhance the community of Broken Hill and help to preserve its heritage including displays at community events, the Penrose Picnic Train and regular skills workshops.

The society has worked on a number of restoration Projects for historical and heritage groups in Broken Hill and the region. These include the Geocentre, Browne’s Shaft Junction Mine, Block 10-Aerial Ropeway Exhibit, Line of Lode and the Silverton Gaol and Broken Hill Historical Society.