Broken Hill String

Posted on September 21, 2012
Filed Under Institute activities & news, News, Resourcefulness | 3 Comments

I’ve been up in Broken Hill and surrounding areas recently working on the wire project – which is about all the resourceful ways that people use wire to repair, adapt, create.

I’ve been on the track of “Broken Hill String”, which is the wire used in the local mines to set off explosives. Once used it is discarded and taken home by the miners who find literally hundreds of uses for it. It is a sort of predecessor to cable ties. There’s a great sense of pride in local resourcefulness here and a slight annoyance from the older miners I spoke to about the general wastefulness of modern life. More to come soon. I’ve also been out into a few local pastoral properties looking at the way people use wire (usually a lot heavier gauge wire) to repair and make things. Some of the building techniques are clever.

Mark Thomson

Research Director, IBYS

3 Responses to “Broken Hill String”

  1. Denys Finney on September 21st, 2012 11:45 pm

    Brings a new dimension to string theory! (please disregard the previous comment!)

  2. Steve Arthur on October 4th, 2012 12:00 pm

    So how long is this piece of string ???

  3. admin on May 31st, 2013 2:38 pm

    This big, of course.

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