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by on Oct.27, 2015, under Life, Photography

After a couple weeks travelling through the outback and very sparsely populated areas we were finally back in civilisation when we arrived at Broome.

We’d be staying in Broome for three nights so we’d also be able to settle in a little rather than travelling each day.

Broome is a coastal, pearling and tourist town in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, 2,240km north of Perth. The town has a deep history based around the exploits of the men and women who developed the pearling industry, starting with the harvesting of oysters for mother of pearl in the 1880s to the current major cultured pearl farming enterprises.

We walked around China Town in the main town of Broome, checking out the local pearl shops.

You Looking at Me!

You Looking at Me!

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 300 mm, 1/320 sec at f/7.1, ISO 180

Note: These photographs (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger – so click any of the images below to see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer.

Later in the evening I took my daughter back into town to watch a movie (Mission Impossible : Rogue Nation) at a very interesting theatre we’d seen in the Main Street of town.

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 28 mm, 1/30 sec at f/8, ISO 2000

The Sun Pictures building in Broome’s Chinatown was constructed at the turn of the century on a site owned by the Yamsaki family.

Sun Pictures officially opened on December 9th 1916 with a silent movie, English Racing drama ‘Kissing Cup’ with supporting ‘Bachelor Brown’ Comic. Thus began the silent movie era for Broome. With a traditional horse-drawn tramway running between the Town Beach jetty and Chinatown, people would flock from miles around to enjoy this exciting new social event.

Still open today, in 2004 it was awarded the Guinness World Record category of “Oldest open air cinema in operation”.

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