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Negative - Camel Train & Train Tracks, by Hugh Conran, Australia, 1913 Image Reg. No: MM 040133

Two men leading the Mardie and Onslow camel train past train tracks, dated to 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.
Black and white negative.
Description Of Content:
A loaded camel train passing train tracks. The camels are led by two men. An empty cart sits in the foreground.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Unknown
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: camel trains, camels, carts, drivers
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
References: viewed 28.04.2009., viewed 13.05.2009., 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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