Four Afghan drivers loading a camel train at Olive Downs Sheep Station in Tibooburra, 1923.

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.

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Four men loading bales on a camel. The men wear turbans. Other camels can be seen in the background.

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Black and white negative.

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