HERE’S something we bet you haven’t done for ages, if at all! The Phosphate Mine located at the Wellington Caves Holiday Complex dates back to 1914, with 6000 tons of phosphate mined during its four years of operation. The phosphate was used as a fertiliser. Megafauna bones dating back to the Pleistocene Period two million years ago, were first discovered at Wellington and many are visible in the mud walls of the mine. Charles Darwin became interested in this discovery as it was influential on his thoughts on evolution.
The restoration and refurbishment of the mine as a tourist attraction began in 1995 opening in 1996. The mine is accessible to those in wheelchairs, prams and the elderly. A tour of the mine takes one hour to complete. Hard hats are supplied and must be worn in the mine. For more information visit www.visitwellington. com.au.
ARECENT residency in Alice Springs inspired Kay Norton-knight to create Threads, a series of works exploring the idea of the journey: both real and imaginary. Based in Mudgee, Norton-knight travelled to central Australia and was struck by the power of the desert landscape. Using the intense colours of the interior, Threads meditates on the line, and the way it acts as a common thread through our lives and through nature. Norton-knight’s study of the line is manifested through woodblock prints, drawings and sculptural works. The official opening of this exhibition includes an artist talk and will be held at the Western Plains Cultural Centre this Saturday, January 30 at 2pm.