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Negative - Seated Camel, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, circa 1937 Image Reg. No: MM 001239

Summary:
A camel down on all fours, carrying an empty pack saddle in Alice Springs, Central Australia. There is an oil drum beside the camel. The image was created by Chrystal in circa 1937.

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:
A camel down on all fours, carrying an empty pack saddle. There is an oil drum beside the camel.
Acquisition Information:
Copied from John Chrystal, 1985
Acknowledgement:
The Biggest Family Album of Australia, Museum Victoria
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: camels
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: pack camels
Format: Negative: Black & White; 35 mm
Place & Date Depicted: Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia, circa 1937
Creator: Chrystal, circa 1937
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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