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Negative - Camel Train, Ooldea, South Australia, 1919 Image Reg. No: MM 003741

Camel team with fourteen camels in Ooldea, South Australia. Dated to 1919. The inscription on the bottom reads 'Camel. Team. Ooldea./ 1919'.

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:
Camel team with 14 camels making its way through arid landscape pulling a cart. The inscription on the bottom reads 'Camel. Team. Ooldea./ 1919'.
Acquisition Information:
Copied from Neil Gillies, 1987
Discipline: Technology

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Themes this item is part of: Muslim Collections at Museum Victoria, Images & Image Making Collection, The Biggest Family Album in Australia Collection
Primary Classification: ROAD TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Camels
Tertiary Classification: camel trains
Inscriptions: On front: 'Camel. Team. Ooldea./ 1919'
Format: Negative: Black & White; 35 mm
Place & Date Depicted: Ooldea, South Australia, Australia, 1919
Place Named: Ooldea, South Australia, Australia, 1919
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).


di smith Posted on 10 Aug 2013 10:05 AM
I am trying to get info on a camel tag I found - it is dated 1917 Meekatharra - it's a round tag with CAMEL on one side and think it's brass or copper. Can you help ?
Walter Bloom Posted on 17 Nov 2013 9:33 AM
I have two such tags, both 38.4mm in diameter. I am gathering information on Western Australian numismatics and would appreciate an image of you tag. As for information, I am hoping to find out more about these.

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