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Viktor Borkovic


Borković is actively involved in numerous social and sports activities of that mining town, and his house is full of home-made items from Serbia, Serbian drinks, paintings…

According to Viktor, his favorite is the poster that adorns one of the rooms, and on which there is a picture of our tennis ace Novak Djokovic, of whom Viktor is proud and about whom he speaks to neighbors and friends in a superlative.

The thermal pool at Lightning Ridge attracts tourists from all over Australia

Viktor Borković has been a valuable member of the board of the golf club in Lightning Ridge for years, in the founding of which he participated back in 1972.

As a great sports fan, our compatriot has plenty of photos from various tournaments, and as his favorite he points out one in which he was photographed with the legendary Australian football players Johnny Warren, Attila Abonji and other Sokerus national team players, who played a friendly match 40 and a half years ago. in this city.

Although he turned 82, Borković is still active not only with the club he loves, but also participates in various humanitarian actions in his hometown.

Lightning Ridge Golf Club was founded in 1972.

Another interesting fact is related to this respectable countryman of ours. In previous years, it was not a problem for him to drive hundreds of kilometers from Lightning Ridge in the northwest of NSW to Sydney, just to attend important religious and Serbian national holidays.

Not so long ago, only three years ago, he traveled hundreds of kilometers a day to attend the celebration of the Holy Trinity of the Serbian society “Sloga – Pacific” in the Sydney suburb of Botani.

If the road takes you to Lightning Ridge, look for Victor, when all the locals know. From it, you will best learn the history of this world-famous opal mining site, thermal baths and the Serbian community there.

Church of St. George

Serbian church in a small town of 2,000 souls

The town of Lightning Ridge was founded in 1922, not far from the NSW border with Queensland. In its vicinity there are rich deposits of black opal and other species of this valuable mineraloid. The population of Lightning Ridge varies constantly due to the frequent arrivals and departures of miners on temporary work.
According to the latest census, the town has just over 2,200 inhabitants, including Serbs, as our people have worked in local mines for decades. Thanks to them, the Church of St. George was built in this place, which is located 720 kilometers northwest of Sydney.

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