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Negative - Camel Team Pulling a Wagon Loaded with Bags, by Hugh Conran, Mardie, via Onslow, Western Australia, 1913 Image Reg. No: MM 040067

The Mardie and Onslow camel train, three camels wide and four deep, pulling a fully laden wagon with a building visible slightly to the right. The image is dated 1913.

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 camel train, two wide and four deep moves through a desert landscape with a cart piled with sacks behind them, and building just visible to the right of the image.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Unknown
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: camel trains, camels, freights, sacks
Themes this item is part of: Muslim Collections at Museum Victoria, Sustainable Futures Collection
Primary Classification: ROAD TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Camels
Tertiary Classification: camel trains
Format: Negative: Black & White
Place & Date Depicted: Mardie, via Onslow, Western Australia, Australia, 1913
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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