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Negative - Three Women Riding Camels on the Beach, Portland, Victoria, circa 1935 Image Reg. No: MM 000368

Description Of Content:
Three women riding camels on the Portland beach. There is a pier behind them.
Acquisition Information:
Copied from James Baker, 1985
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: beaches, camels, jetties
Themes this item is part of: Images & Image Making Collection, The Biggest Family Album in Australia Collection
Primary Classification: RECREATION & TOURISM
Secondary Classification: Beaches
People Depicted: Hickmer, Eileen; Read, Gladys; Ainsworth, Jean
Organisations Depicted: Portland Beach
Format: Negative: Black & White; 35 mm
Place & Date Depicted: Portland, Victoria, Australia, circa 1935


Karen Posted on 28 Jun 2012 9:12 PM
The 'pier'in the background is that of the local baths.
Brendon Jarrett Posted on 13 Jun 2014 11:17 PM
Karen is correct. The first baths were built on the same site in 1858. The second were built and opened in 1880 on another site but it was subject to sand deposition and the water soon became too shallow for swimming. These in the photograph were the third Portland sea water baths to be built on the foreshore. They provided hot and cold sea water baths as well as swimming facilities in an area enclosed by timber piles. The baths were designed by the architect Mr W. Mackay and work on them was commenced in 1888 under contract to Rigby and Sons at the tender price of 2479 pounds. They were opened - "at the present time the most complete in the colony"- in 1888 and remained in use until the 1950s. The camels ridden by the women were at other times of the year used to carry shell grit from Shelly Beach at Bridgewater Bay to road transport that took it to Portland and the railway for use by egg producers who fed it to their poultry to promote the growth of harder egg shells.

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