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Negative - Camel Carrying a Pack, Nonning Station, South Australia, circa 1938 Image Reg. No: MM 7271

A camel carrying a pack at "Nonning" sheep station, South Australia. There are water tanks in the background. Dated to circa 1938.

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 camel carrying a pack standing in front of a jumble of sheds. There are water tanks in the background.
Acquisition Information:
Copied from Mrs Claire McKenry, 1988
The Biggest Family Album of Australia, Museum Victoria
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: agricultural workers, camels, farms
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: pack camels
Organisations Depicted: Nonning Station
Format: Negative: Black & White; 35 mm
Place & Date Depicted: Mount Nonning (?), South Australia, Australia, 1938
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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