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Camel herd grazing
Title : Camel herd grazing Camel herd grazing
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Date of creation : ca. 1930
Dimensions : 200 x 155 mm
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Camels grazing in outback South Australia; exact location not known. Camels were first introduced to Australia in the 1840s to be used as beasts of burden in desert exploration. However the major move was in 1866 when Sir Thomas Elder imported large numbers of camels and established a breeding stud at Beltana. Throughout the late 19th century the animals were essential in the construction of railway and telegraph lines and were used extensively by hawkers carrying goods to remote stations.

Following the introduction of railways and later road transport, large numbers of camels were turned loose in the outback where they bred successfully and in large numbers.
Period : 1927-1939
Region : Flinders Ranges and Far North - Outback
Further reading :
Rolls, Eric C. They all ran wild: the story of pests on the land in Australia, London : Angus & Robertson, 1977
Strahan, Ronald, ed. The mammals of Australia: the national photographic index of Australian wildlife, Chatswood, N.S.W. : Reed Books : The Australian Museum, 1995
McKnight, Tom L. The camel in Australia [Melbourne]: Melbourne University Press, [1969]
Internet links :
Feral Animals in Australia : Australian Government Department of the Environment and Water Resources website



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