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Negative - Camel Team with Young Camel, Coober Pedy District, South Australia, circa 1935 Image Reg. No: MM 8353

A camel team with a young camel in the foreground from the Coober Pedy District of South Australia. Dated to circa 1935.

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 young camel in the foreground looking at the camera. Behind it stand the rest of the camel team. Their top halves are partially cut off bringing the focus on the young camel.
Acquisition Information:
Copied from Jan Mathews, 1991
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: camel trains, camels, travel tourism, water carting
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
Format: Negative: Black & White; 35 mm
Place & Date Depicted: Coober Pedy District, South Australia, Australia, 1935
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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