Regional Mining History
The Thackaringa area was originally mined for rich silver lead zinc ores in the early 1880s, but the lure of the then newly discovered Broken Hill just 23 kilometres away was too strong, so that after the easy ore bodies were mined, the field closed down. In modern times Broken Hill has been downsized to a smaller mining centre with little mining activity taking place beyond the main line of lode of Broken Hill itself. Thackaringa exhibits many of the classical Broken Hill mineralisation styles and is again today, a significant exploration target.
The figure below shows a historical photograph of Thackaringa silver mining – circa 1883.