Town goes purple in public mourning for Queen

If you wander through the City of Broken Hill in the evening, you will see the Civic Centre, Sturt Park, and the Old Town Hall on Argent Street illuminated in Royal Purple as a mark of respect for Her Late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

Broken Hill City Council (BHCC) has illuminated the areas to enable Broken Hill residents to stop and reflect on the life of the Queen as they move through the City at night.

The light show is on display from each sunset until 10pm, up until Wednesday, September 21.

Public grief often provides people with opportunities to gather to show respect for the person who has passed away and to recognise their emotions and the impact a person or event has had on their life, often never having met that person.

In the words of Queen Elizabeth when she wrote to the US President in a message about the 9/11 tragedy, “grief is the price we pay for love”.


Prime Minister Albanese announced a National Day of Mourning for this coming Thursday to coincide with the National Memorial Service being held in the Great Hall at Parliament House.

The service will begin with one minute’s silence to reflect on Her Late Majesty‘s life and legacy.

A further service to give thanks for the life of the Queen is being held at St Peters Anglican Church in Broken Hill at 2pm on Thursday at 335 Lane Street.

When Queen Elizabeth passed away on September 8 (GMT), all 54 Commonwealth nations were formally invited to fire their own gun salutes of 96 rounds to commemorate the Queen’s life.

At twilight on September 9, a crowd gathered around the forecourt lawns in front of Australia’s Parliament House to show respect and watch the 96 gun salute.

Six M2A2 105mm Howitzer ceremonial guns were used to mark the occasion.

The crowd hushed in anticipation of the first shot, which rang out at 5pm (AEST).

Few were prepared for the gigantic boom, reacting with shudders, slight jumps, children cowering and others covering their ears.

The loud blasts from the guns continued to fire every 10 seconds until all 96 shots had been fired, one shot for each year of the Queen’s life.

When the smoke and loud noise calmed, the crowd dispersed, with some making their way toward the foyer of Parliament House to sign the Condolence book.


Two Broken Hill Condolence books are available for people wishing to offer personal condolences for Her Late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

The books are at the BHCC Administration Building and the Broken Hill City Library. They are available until the end of the day of the State Funeral of Her Late Majesty, the Queen, which will be held on Monday, September 19.

The last opportunities for people to personally sign Broken Hill’s condolence book are today – Saturday – between 10am and 1pm and Monday between 10am and 6pm at the Broken Hill City Library, or between 9am and 4pm at the BHCC Administration Building.

A spokesperson for the Library said if any residents wish to leave a message in the Broken Hill City Library’s Condolence book but cannot travel, they can contact the Library.

“The library’s staff are more than willing to help transcribe their message,” she said.

Library staff are also available to assist the community in sending online messages of condolence.

The City library can be contacted by phoning (08) 8080 3460.


After Monday, the Broken Hill Condolence books will be sent to Buckingham Palace via the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

The passing of Queen Elizabeth II marks the end of an era, the close of the second Elizabethan age.

Prime Minister Albanese said the Queen’s 70 year legacy as Australia’s Head of State included 16 Australian prime ministers consulting with her and 16 governors-general serving in her name.

“Through the noise and turbulence of the years, Her Majesty embodied and exhibited a timeless decency and an enduring calm,” PM Albanese said.

“Her words and presence were a source of comfort, hope and solace for millions of Australians.”

Queen Elizabeth II is the longest-reigning monarch in British history and, remarkably, the second longest reigning monarch of a sovereign state in world history.

The State Funeral for the Queen will be televised from London’s Westminster Abbey from 7:30pm on Monday.

Flags are flown at half mast until the day after the Queen’s funeral.

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