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Negative - Men with Camel & Chaff Sacks in Front of Shed for Kimber & Co, Timber Merchants, & F.E. Randall & Co, Forage & Produce Merchants, Western Australia (?), circa 1905 Image Reg. No: MM 004561

Summary:
The premises of Kimber & Company, timber merchants and F.E. Randall, forage & produce merchants and forwarding agents. There are three men and a camel in front of the building as well as numerous grain sacks. The image is thought to be in Western Australia, circa 1905.

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 premises of Kimber & Company, timber merchants and F.E. Randall, forage & produce merchants and forwarding agents. There are three men and a camel in front of the building as well as numerous grain sacks.
Acquisition Information:
Copied from Hector Seebeck, 1987
Acknowledgement:
The Biggest Family Album of Australia, Museum Victoria
Discipline: Technology

More information

Tagged with: camels, produce merchants, sacks, scales balances, signage, timber
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
Organisations Depicted: Kimber & Co Timber Merchants; Randell & Co, Produce Merchants
Format: Negative: Black & White; 35 mm
Place & Date Depicted: Western Australia (?), Australia, circa 1905
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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