Radium Hill Historical Association

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The mine and concentrating plant at Radium Hill in 1926. 

 The plant was erected by the Radium and Rare Earths Treatment Co. over the old workings.

An attempt was made to recover by-products, such as titanium white used in paint pigments, but the complex ore prevented economic extraction and operations ceased in 1931.

Services provided included an A.I.M Hospital, Public School and Kinderharten, Post office, Police Station, Government retail Store, weather Station, State Bank Branch and a Civic Hall. 

 A Wet Canteen, Milk Bar, Library, Swimming Pool, Recreation Room and a Drive-In Cinema were also provided. 

 Private trading organizations were established by way of a Service Station, a Store for Newspapers etc, a Cool Drink Factory, barber Shop and a bus service to Broken Hill. Two Churches were built by voluntary labour, a Caltholic Church including a School Complex and a Second Uniting Church used by all other de-nominations.

A Rather unique organization called 'The Radium Hill Social Club' grew up in the community to encourage social and sporting interests within the town, surrounding pastoral district and townships. It played a major part in the developement of the close knit community spirit of Radium Hill and was financed partly through profits made by the Wet Canteen.

Clubs & Organizations:

As a country town Radium Hill was very active in most sporting and social events.

Sporting clubs included Cricket, baseball, Tennis, Softball, Soccer, Ruby, Aussie rules Football, table tennis, boxing, judo, Rifle Shooting, Gliding, Flying, Golf (including the basence of grass) and model aeroplane flying.

Some of the organiziations included the Country Women's Association (C.W.A), Mothers & Babies Health Assn., Pre-School, R.S.L., Buffalo Lodge, Masonic Lodge, Labour day Sports, Drama Group, Camera Club, Magicians Club, 15 Club, boy Scouts, Various Unions, Radium Hill Sporting & Athletics Club, Church Fellowships, Sunday Schools, Adult Education, Fire Service, Catholic Church, United Church, Youth Club, various Gambling outlets and of course the Social Club which published weekly information.