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Negative - Camel Train, by Hugh Conran, Australia, 1913 Image Reg. No: MM 040134

Summary:
Two camels from the Mardie and Onslow camel train yoked to a fully loaded wagon, dated 1913.

The camels and their cameleers helped carry supplies inland for the mining and sheep industries, aided the building of the Overland Telegraph Line, the Canning Stock Route, major fence lines and the Trans-Australia and Central Australian railways. They carried pipe sections for the Goldfields Water Supply, supplied goods to inland towns, mining camps, sheep and cattle stations and also Aboriginal communities. Wagons hauled by Camels moved wool from sheep stations to railheads, pulled scoops in the construction of dams, and helped with ploughing and other farm work.
Description:
Black and white negative.
Description Of Content:
Two camels yoked to fully loaded carts.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Unknown
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: camel trains, camels, freights, sacks
Themes this item is part of: Muslim Collections at Museum Victoria, Sustainable Futures Collection
Primary Classification: ROAD TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Camels
Tertiary Classification: camel trains
Format: Negative: Black & White
Place & Date Depicted: Australia, 1913

The camel train was travelling between Mardi, New South Wales, and Onslow, Western Australia.
References: http://www.saudiaramcoworld.com/issue/198801/camels.down.under.htm viewed 28.04.2009.
http://camelfarm.com/camels/camels_australia.html, viewed 13.05.2009.
http://library.thinkquest.org/03oct/00128/en/camels/history_light.htm, viewed 13.05.2009.
Stevens, Christine, 'Tin Mosques and Ghantowns : A History of Afghan Cameldrivers in Australia', Paul Fitzsimons: Alice Springs (2002).

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