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Negative - Cue, Western Australia, Apr 1897 Image Reg. No: MM 004457

Description Of Content:
A large group of people, some with horses and carriages. This may have been a demonstration seeking the extension of rail service to cue.
Acquisition Information:
Copied from Claire Beecher, 1987
The Biggest Family Album of Australia, Museum Victoria
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: donkeys, horsedrawn vehicles, political protests, rail vehicles, railway workers
Themes this item is part of: Images & Image Making Collection, Transport Collection, The Biggest Family Album in Australia Collection
Primary Classification: POLITICS & PUBLIC PROTEST
Secondary Classification: Parliamentary Politics
Tertiary Classification: protest rallies
Inscriptions: Printed across bottom of photograph: RAILWAY DEMONSTRATION CUE APRIL 20 1897
People Depicted: Fell, W.
Format: Negative: Black & White; 35 mm
Place & Date Depicted: Cue, Western Australia, Australia, 20 Apr 1897


Paul Grey Posted on 26 Feb 2011 7:51 PM
Whilst researching my family history, I came upon this photo. I believe there are a number of errors with your description and classification.

On closer inspection of the photo, the year is 1897 - not 1891. Cue was not established until 1893 or later. Also, the rail carriages in the picture meant the railway was already in Cue.

This photo is most likely the official opening of the Mullewa to Cue railway by Sir John Forrest (perhaps the sharply dressed man standing above the crowd in background).

The History of West Australia by Bert Kimberly, Chap 21 states:
"In 1897 the iron rails were laid over old tracks of prospectors. The eastern goldfields began to be cut out in every direction, and the stillness of the desert is now awakened by the shriek of the steam engine. Railway connection is extending from Kalgoorlie to Kanowna and from Kalgoorlie to Menzies. By such energy and determined enterprise the goldfields will be thoroughly tested. The railway from Mullewa to Cue was opened to traffic by Sir John Forrest on 20th April, 1897, and the whole system is being extended as the year progresses."
Source: http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/History_of_West_Australia/Chapter_21
Discovery Centre Posted on 07 May 2011 4:53 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Paul, we had a look at a larger copy of the image and can confirm that the year should be 1897 NOT 1891. It was also very helpful that you enquirer provided links to back up the information. We have updated our records.

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