Training a camel to lead in Birdsville, Queensland

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Where: Queensland, Diamantina, Australia

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When: 01 January 1910

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Creator: Unidentified.

Location: Birdsville, Queensland.

Description: At least 15,000 camels with their handlers are estimated to have come to Australia between 1870 and 1900. Camels remained an important mode of transport in the outback until the 1930s.

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    • 17/Jan/2022 03:57:13

    Today, Central Australia is home to the world’s largest herd of wild camels. This population is a legacy of the challenges of transporting goods across Australia’s arid inland during the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. In 1860, three cameleers and approximately twenty camels sailed from Karachi to Melbourne to accompany the Burke and Wills expedition. Between 1870 – 1920, entrepreneurs, realising that camels could cope with conditions inhospitable to horses and bullocks, imported approximately 20,000 camels, accompanied by 2000 – 4000 cameleers. These camels were swiftly put to work and, from the 1870s to the 1940s, camel trains carried goods between towns, homesteads, mining camps, and railheads. Sources: