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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.

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