140th Anniversary Celebration

Men playing music in front of a tent in 1888

A community celebration will be held on 5 September 2023 to mark 140 years since boundary rider Charles Rasp pegged the ground beginning the city of Broken Hill that exists today.

The massive silver, lead and zinc deposits Rasp discovered led to a bustling civilisation sprouting immediately from the desert. Within ten years, Broken Hill would be home for 20000 souls, and host to the richest minefield in the southern hemisphere.

As the "Syndicate of Seven", Rasp formed the Broken Hill Proprietary Company (today BHP), which would go on to become a giant of the global mining industry, providing Australia with its major source of export wealth for the first decades of the 20th century.

Rasp's discovery was one of a kind.  The Broken Hill ore body is unique. Nowhere else in the world can one find the same combination of chemicals, the same richness of mineral compositions, and the same wonderfully diverse community as that which grew around the Line of Lode.


Join the celebrations at Sturt Park

5pm to 9pm

Live Music - Me N Me Mates, local music and 2dryfm live broadcast

Food Stalls - Outback Thai, Mexican Kitchen, Pasties & More BBQ, Cakes, Giovanni & Co

Camel Rides - Silverton Outback Camels

Sensory Zone



4 Band mates playing on stage in front of a crowd


They’ve been around a bit, had their ups and downs but are still going strong - SA’s popular music/comedy troupe ME ’N ME MATES are back for Broken Hill's 140th Celebrations of the Line of Lode.

London to a brick, you won't find another show anything like this hybrid band/performance. It’s part concert, part cabaret, part party and uniquely Australian. As they say “Australia is the only place in the world our show could have come from”. 

Their repertoire includes country/folk songs, both traditional and original, as well as humorous bush ballads and sketches. Inspired by past/present Australian masters (Lawson, Paterson, Dusty, Kelly) but with feet planted solidly in the present, you'll enjoy their relaxed, laid back approach that has disarmed and charmed audiences from Tooleybuc to Canberra from Shepparton to the Moonta.

The hard working group tours extensively around country SA, Victoria & NSW at festivals, community events, agricultural shows, community halls, pubs, libraries, backyards and schools. They have appeared at the Tamworth Festival, with Ted Egan, the National Folk Festival, on the Ghan plus at many other country and folk music festivals. 

With guitars, banjo, double bass, harmonica, lager-phone - their highly entertaining G rated show has appeal for all ages. The group is cross-generational with the age range of members ranging from their thirties to their sixties.