Sharing the Lode: The Broken Hill Migrant Story

The Zammit family celebrate St Patrick's Day at popular Penrose park.


Community Acceptance

Persons of all nationalities flocked to Broken Hill when Charles Rasp discovered silver in 1883. They were the pioneers of the multicultural community to which we all belong.







I was a bit shy, especially when I first came. Dad took me down to the Billies (Alma Sporting Club) to have a drink. Everybody knew I was his son because they talked on the mine, you know. Dad was known as Big Tony. His friends came to me "Hello, Hello".
Ante Zaknich

The Yugoslavs, Italians and Greeks all stuck together because they were all very much in the same boat and were called grills and wogs. I can't really recall children from ethnic backgrounds having associations with Australians during my childhood. I'm not saying it didn't happen but we tended to stick with our own.
Alex Dennis

The men made friends at work. It was more difficult for women from the Yugoslav community because they didn't mix with other people. They didn't join any community organisations; they just mixed with their own.
Vinka Bartulovich

Ninety percent of our customers were Australians. All the footballers and their supporters drank at the All Nations and they were all like a big family. Then again, my wife and children were pleasant to the customers same as me.
Ivan Vlatko

I was already thirty six years old when I arrived in Australia. I knew only fifty two words of English at that time. I could have learned English during those four years at the camp but, you see, we had no home! We didn't know if we would be accepted in Australia or the United States or wherever.
Luka Oreb

I enjoy Broken Hill tremendously the friendliness of the people. Most I've met are very nice. We also have the Filipino Support Group and we have a Women's Multicultural Group. There are all nationalities. I like to mix with all types of people.
Carrie Anderson

My Grandfather, Emanuel Pedergnana, had his grocery shop in Piper Street where mostly all the Italians and Yugoslavs lived. He was well-known and respected and they all supported him. The name Pedergnana in Broken Hill, even to this generation, is still well-known.
Reg Pedergnana

When the kids went to school, I worked at the tuck shop. That helped me become part of the community. Saverina Dall'Armi


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A sharing of cultures: Doug Carroll and Tom McReynolds teach Paul Zammit to toss the caber at St Patrick's Day Picnic, c. 1950s.


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The Zammit family celebrate St Patrick's Day at popular Penrose park.


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In 1966 I was the first recipient of a meritorious award for soccer from the South Australian Government.- Rudolph Alagich OAM


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Plaque honouring the Afghan cameleers who helped to open the outback.