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Negative - Camel Team & Wagon, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, circa 1910 Image Reg. No: MM 003042

A large camel team in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, yoked three abreast, pulling a wagon. Dated to circa 1910.

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 large camel team, yoked three abreast, pulling a wagon. In the distance are feneces and what appear to be residential houses.
Acquisition Information:
Copied from J. Anderson, 1986
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: camel trains, camels, carriages, drays wagons, telegraph infrastructure, telegraph poles, fi, find list of familys that lived at victoria barracks melbourne .in 1951, overland telegraph
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: camel trains
Format: Negative: Black & White; 35 mm
Place & Date Depicted: Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, Australia, circa 1910
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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