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Digital Photograph - Two Men on Horseback Droving Sheep, Gippsland, circa 1916-1918 Image Reg. No: MM 110889

This photograph shows John Joseph 'JJ' O'Connor, on the road droving sheep, Gippsland, circa 1916-1918. He and the photographer Dr. Pern had been in business together. They were raising sheep and cattle and rented St Margaret's Island to graze their live-stock over summer. According to the family: 'Live-stock 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 contributor's family, who lived in Yarram. In addition to his duties as the local GP, he was an enthusiastic amateur photographer.
Description Of Content:
Two men with their horses, droving sheep down a road. One man is on horse-back and the other is standing by his horse's head. They have their backs to the photographer.
Acquisition Information:
Copied from Ms Helen Hickey, 2006
Discipline: History

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Tagged with: agriculture, farm animals, sheep, wars conflicts, world war i 1914-1918, bushfires
Themes this item is part of: Recurring History of Bushfires in Victoria, Sustainable Futures Collection, Melbourne's Biggest Family Album Collection
Primary Classification: AGRICULTURE & RURAL LIFE
Secondary Classification: Animal Husbandry
Tertiary Classification: sheep
Inscriptions: on the road' / c.1916-17-18
People Depicted: O'Connor, John Joseph
Format: Digital Still Image: Black & White; Tiff
Place & Date Depicted: Gippsland, Victoria, Australia, 1916-1918
Photographer: Dr Sydney Pern

Relationship of Photographer to Contributor: Family friend.

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