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Negative - Loading Camels with Wool, Euston District, New South Wales, circa 1920 Image Reg. No: MM 002637

Summary:
Camels carting wool to Mildura. The camel in the foreground is kneeling while his load is being adjusted. The bales of wool are being balanced on a crate while this is done. The image dates to circa 1920.

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:
The camel in the foreground is kneeling while his load is being adjusted. The bales of wool are being balanced on a crate while this is done. Other camels can be seen in the background.
Acquisition Information:
Copied from Beryl Leslie, 1985
Acknowledgement:
The Biggest Family Album of Australia, Museum Victoria
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: camels, wool bales
Themes this item is part of: Muslim Collections at Museum Victoria, Images & Image Making Collection, Sustainable Futures 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: Euston District, New South Wales, Australia, circa 1920

Euston District is the presumed location.
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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