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Negative - Man on Camel, Western Australia, circa 1895 Image Reg. No: MM 002024

Summary:
A man mounted on a camel in Western Australia. The man on the camel is Albert Jeffery and was a telegraphist in the post office. The image dates to circa 1895.

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 man mounted on a camel. A man stands behind the camel while another stands off to the right. There is a small building in the far left of the image.
Acquisition Information:
Copied from Mrs E. Brown, 1985
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: camels, workers
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
People Depicted: Jeffery, Albert
Format: Negative: Black & White; 35 mm
Place & Date Depicted: Western Australia, Australia, circa 1895

The place depicted is most likely Albany or Eucla.
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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