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Memento : Issue 22
Ships of the desert... 10 memento january 2003 The first big shipment of camels landed in Australia in 1860, brought from Karachi in Pakistan for the Burke and Wills expedition. More Arabian camels from India and Pakistan were to follow, while camel studs were also established in South Australia and Western Australia. Explorers like Professor CT Madigan, a geologist, used camels in central Australia. Records about him and his expeditions in the 1930s can be found in our collection, including his letter to the Department of Interior asking that the desert in central Australia be named after his benefactor, Simpson. Apart from carrying much needed supplies to the isolated gold fields, camels were also used by police to patrol the Outback. It was the Alice Springs police who lent Madigan the six camels he needed for his travels. nown for their ability to travel vast distances with little food and water, camels were once a vital part of the Australian Outback. Our records reveal how these animals were used for exploration, gold mining and police patrols. They also tell the story of the cameleers, migrant men who struggled to become a part of the Australian community. K Ships of the desert... asleep in our records NAA: A1861, 2582 Bactrian (two-humped) camels.