Broken Hill has been called the 'Silver City' and is closely associated with the silver, lead and zinc mining.

Silver was first found in the Broken Hill area in 1883, and in January 1885 a rich vein of silver turned out to be one of the world's largest known silver-lead-zinc lodes. The syndicate which secured the find established the Broken Hill Proprietary Company (BHP) later that year. Other silver mining companies in the area included the Beltana Broken Hill Proprietary Silver Mining Company, incorporated in 1888, which purchased four mineral claims on the Ediacara field from the Broken Hill Miners Prospecting Syndicate.

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