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APSCON

Awards Dinner

The Palace Hotel

227 Argent Street, Broken Hill NSW 2880

Sunday 6th September 6:00pm
70.00 pp - 3 Course Meal with alternate drop + tea/coffee

APSCON has historically been a social event where APS members gather to rekindle old friendships and make new ones. It’s a time for delegates to enjoy and share their love of photography and to explore different regions. The dinner has always been a highlight of the event and considered a special occasion by all who attend.

This year the awards dinner will be a unique experience as we’ve booked an upstairs room at the iconic Palace Hotel for a night of fun and laughter.

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The History of the Palace Hotel Broken Hill

The building was erected as a coffee palace in 1889 at a cost of £12, 190 pounds. The Temperance Movement (a group that believes in non-licensed venues for the community) commissioned the build; They had a vision of a place for fine dining and coffee. Setting it apart from the licensed hotels that were abundant in broken hill.

The architect was Alfred Dunn from Melbourne; he had successfully won a competition to design the hotel. The build was unprofitable as a coffee palace and ultimately became a licensed hotel in 1892.

The Murals

Mario painted a copy of Botticelli's Venus on the ceiling; he offered £1000 for anyone who could match his painting in the blank area next to his painting.

An Indigenous artist from Port Augusta by the name of Gordon Waye came into the hotel. Mario asked him to paint a wall in the front bar, which Gordon painted in 8hrs. Over a period of years, Gordon painted all the other murals mostly in a landscape theme.

The only stipulation was that scenes contain a water feature so that the hotel would feel like an oasis in the outback. The blank area is still not painted on the ceiling of the foyer. All the hand stencilled wallpaper is Mario's work.

The Spiritual Home of Priscilla Queen of the Desert

The Palace Hotel Broken Hill was used as a stop-over for the characters in the 1994 Australian iconic movie, Priscilla Queen of the Desert. 

Many favourite scenes from the movie were filmed in and around Broken Hill and throughout various locations within the Palace Hotel. You can put yourself right in the scene of the film and stay in the 'Priscilla Suite', the room where the characters of the movie stayed.


 
 

APSCON 2020 Broken Hill

*** HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO 2021

APSCON 2020 LOGO

 APSCON 2020 has been planned to run immediately before the Broken Heel Festival so that attendees can easily attend both events.

 

 

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THE VENUE

Broken Hill Civic Centre, 31 Chloride St, Broken Hill

Broken Hill is a frontier mining town in the far west of New South Wales and is set midst spectacular desert landscapes. The area is loaded with stunning and unique photographic opportunities and has a dramatic mining history. The town is studded with heritage buildings and is known as one of Australia’s most famous outback towns.

The Broken Hill Civic Centre will be our head quarters for APSCON 2020 and is purpose built for conference style events. Recently refurbished and comfortably appointed the Civic Centre has lifts and ramps for those who need them.

Registrations will be 3-4 pm on the 4 th September and will be followed by a casual sunset photography and nibbles opportunity. Those who wish to register later in the program will be catered for. There will be two and a half days of events within the Civic Centre and in surrounding areas followed by afternoon tours into the local region. The fourth full day will be devoted to discovering Broken Hill’s secrets beginning with a sunrise photography/breakfast event.

There will be an option to take a full day tour to White Cliffs on 9th Sept at a special APS member price.

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