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12. Camels carrying packs and water
Title : 12. Camels carrying packs and water 12. Camels carrying packs and water
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Creator : Mountford, Charles P., photographer
Date of creation : 1938
Format : Photograph
Dimensions : 60 x 60 mm
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Camels carrying packs and water for the party of a South Australian Government expedition sent to the Simpson Desert to search for possible remains of explorer Ludwig Leichhardt. The expedition was mounted to examine relics found near Mount Dare Station by station owner Edwin Lowe.

During the expedition the party used horses, camels, a motor car and truck to traverse the gibber plains and sandy desert.

Members were given the choice between riding a horse or a camel. In an article written before the party's departure, Lowe and Grenfell Price indicated that they would ride a horse, Mountford a camel, and Smith and Fenner were undecided.

Whilst Mountford indicated he preferred riding camels to horses, he was no great fan of the animal...
"They are the most grotesque creatures, and I am sure the Creator was in a facecious [sic] mood when He made these ungainly beasts with their long legs, huge feet and supercilious air."
Camels have been used to assist inland exploration in Australia since 1840.
Coverage year : 1938
Region : Flinders Ranges and Far North - Outback
Further reading :
Connell, Gordon. The mystery of Ludwig Leichhardt. Carlton, Vic. : Melbourne University Press, 1980

Lamshed, Max. 'Monty' : the biography of C.P. Mountford, Adelaide : Rigby, 1972, pp. 56-60

Mountford, Charles P. 'Papers relating to the South Australian Government Expedition to search for the remains of explorer Ludwig Leichhardt', PRG 1218/9

Price, A. Grenfell. The Mystery of Leichhardt : the South Australian government expedition of 1938, South Australia : Royal Geographical Society, 1937-38

Roderick, Colin. Leichhardt, the dauntless explorer, North Ryde, N.S.W. : Angus & Robertson, 1988

Stevens, Christine. Tin mosques & ghantowns : a history of Afghan cameldrivers in Australia, Melbourne : Oxford University Press, 1989
Internet links :
Australian Dictionary of Biography - Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig Leichhardt

Flinders Ranges Research. The Afghan camelmen

National Museum of Australia. Leichhardt: the man, the mystery, the science, the history [symposium held in 2007]



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