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Digital Photograph - Three Men on Horseback, Droving Sheep with Dogs, Gippsland Hills, circa 1910 Image Reg. No: MM 110884

This photograph shows Dr. Pern and John Joseph 'JJ' O'Connor droving sheep with another man in the Gippsland hills, circa 1910. Dr Pern and JJ O'Connor had been in business together. They were raising sheep and cattle and rented St Margaret's Island to graze their cattle over summer. According to the family: 'Livestock were very cheap. When World War I broke out, the price of stock went up and they made a lot of money. Because J. J. knew the area so well, he was sent into the hills during World War I to look out for the German 'invasion' which was rumoured to be planned from the coast.'

The photographer of this image, Doctor Sydney Pern, was a friend of the donor's family, who lived in Yarram. In addition to his duties as the local GP, he was an enthusiastic amateur photographer.
Description Of Content:
View of three men on horse-back droving sheep with dogs down a dirt road. There is dust flying, and all the nearby trees are burnt.
Acquisition Information:
Copied from Ms Helen Hickey, 2006
Discipline: History

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Tagged with: agriculture, farm animals, land clearing, sheep, wars conflicts, world war i 1914-1918, making history - st margaret island
Themes this item is part of: Sustainable Futures Collection, Melbourne's Biggest Family Album Collection, Victorian Bushfires Collection
Primary Classification: AGRICULTURE & RURAL LIFE
Secondary Classification: Animal Husbandry
Tertiary Classification: sheep
Inscriptions: Droving in the Gippsland hills / Phot Dr. Pern early 1900s
People Depicted: unknown
Format: Digital Still Image: Black & White; Tiff
Place & Date Depicted: Gippsland Hills, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia, circa 1910
Photographer: Dr Sydney Pern

Relationship of Photographer to Contributor: Family friend.

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