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Negative - Rotting Camel Saddle in Lake Bed, Pink Lakes, via Underbool, Victoria, circa 1923 Image Reg. No: MM 8584

Summary:
Rotting camel saddles in a lake bed in the area around Underbool and Pink Lakes, Victoria. The image dates to circa 1923.

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. With the rise of the mechanized vehicle camels and cameleers found themselves redundant. The cameleers were forced to find alternative means of employment and the camels were either shot or left to run wild.
Description:
Black and white negative.
Description Of Content:
Rotting camel saddle in a lake bed.
Acquisition Information:
Copied from Unknown Biggest Family Album Contributor, 1991
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: camels, saddlery
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
Format: Negative: Black & White; 35 mm
Place & Date Depicted: Pink Lakes, via Underbool, Victoria, Australia, 1923
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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