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Negative - Four Men with a Camel & Cart Outside the Telegraph Station, Eucla, Western Australia, 1903 Image Reg. No: MM 002859

Four men and a camel and cart outside the Eucla telegraph station, Western Australia. This building is now covered by sand dunes. The image dates to 1903.

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:
Four men and a camel yoked to a cart outside a large brick building with erected telegraph poles.
Acquisition Information:
Copied from Verna McIntosh, 1986
The Biggest Family Album of Australia, Museum Victoria
Discipline: Technology

More information

Tagged with: camels, carriages, picket fences, post offices, telegraph infrastructure, telegraph poles, telegraph stations
Themes this item is part of: Muslim Collections at Museum Victoria, Images & Image Making Collection, Information & Communication Collection, The Biggest Family Album in Australia Collection
Primary Classification: ROAD TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Camels
Tertiary Classification: carts
Organisations Depicted: Eucla Telegraph Station
Format: Negative: Black & White; 35 mm
Place & Date Depicted: Eucla Disctict, Western Australia, Australia, 1903
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).


anne bachmann Posted on 07 Mar 2011 7:30 PM
My grandfather, Arthur Badenoch travelled by a vessel by the name of Fern from Adelaide to Pt Lincoln and then by horse and mule to Eucla in February 1904. I have his dairy of the trip.
anne bachmann Posted on 17 May 2011 9:17 PM
The name of the vessel was in fact the Ferret, the original name was mistaken.

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