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Negative - Camel Carrying Salt, Underbool, Victoria, circa 1930 Image Reg. No: MM 8998

Summary:
A camel carrying salt from Salt Lakes to Underbool Station in Victoria, circa 1930.

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 camel carrying packs stands before what appears to be train tracks. More packs are scattered around, and a second camel can be seen slightly out of shot, to the left of the image.
Acquisition Information:
Copied from Unknown Biggest Family Album Contributor, 1991
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: camels, fences, rail transport, railway stations, railways, sacks, salt
Themes this item is part of: Muslim Collections at Museum Victoria, Images & Image Making Collection, Transport 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: Underbool, Victoria, Australia, circa 1930
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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