Camel Teams

In 1882, severe drought on the Albert Goldfields caused near-famine for the miners and settlers of the district. The Darling River ceased to flow, and the paddle steamers were prevented from carrying stores to Wilcannia. Horses and bullocks were unable to use the road to the goldfields because of the terrible conditions. Essential food supplies were in desperately short supply.

Just as the situation became critical, relief arrived from the west, with the first-ever camel teams arriving from Farina on the Transcontinental telegraph line. Following a previously un-marked track, the route took the teams around the northern end of the Flinders Ranges and across the lower reaches of the Simpson-Strzelecki Dunefields. Then, following the Yandama Creek eastwards, the Mount Browne Hills were visible in the distance. Almost 100 kilometres of the track was originally waterless.

Thereafter, for almost five decades, the camel became an integral part of the transport industry in the Corner Country. With up to 60 animals the camel teams were used on routes to Wilcannia, Bourke and Broken Hill.

The route to the west became known as the Mount Browne to Hawker Road. It was regularly used as teams loaded with goods from the rail network in South Australia for transport to New South Wales, or returned loaded with wool. The journey was more than five hundred kilometres and took over a month.

At times their arrival into towns was procession-like, with the Afghan drivers dressed in multi-coloured silk shawls and turbans.


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  • In 1882, severe drought on the Albert Goldfields caused near-famine for the miners and settlers of the district. The Darling River ceased to flow, and the paddle steamers were prevented from carrying stores to Wilcannia.

    Camel Teams

    In 1882, severe drought on the Albert Goldfields caused near-famine for the miners and settlers of the district. The Darling
  • The largely waterless lands of the Corner Country were traditionally occupied by several Aboriginal groups. In the Milparinka area lived members of the Maliangaapa people, around Tibooburra were Wadigalis and Wangkumaras.

    First Nation Heritage

    The largely waterless lands of the Corner Country were traditionally occupied by several Aboriginal groups. In the Milparinka area lived
  • Euston King was the sixteen year old messenger in the story. During the early days of the Mt Browne Gold Fields, provisions were sent mainly from Wilcannia and the store keepers

    Memoirs of Euston King

    Euston King was the sixteen-year-old messenger in the story. During the early days of the Mt Browne Gold Fields, provisions
  • The Milparinka Local History Centre, located in the former courthouse at Milparinka, has on display a great deal of local history material. If you are interested in this information please call in whilst you are traveling through the region; or write contact us... we may be able to help you, or you may even be able to help us.

    Milparinka Heritage Precinct

    The Milparinka Local History Centre, located in the former courthouse at Milparinka, has on display a great deal of local
  • The ancient geology of the Barrier Ranges and adjacent areas has yielded rich mineralisation. Broken Hill is famous for its silver, lead and zinc deposits, but, across the ranges and north into the Grey Range, were other significant deposits.

    Mining Heritage

    The ancient geology of the Barrier Ranges and adjacent areas has yielded rich mineralisation. Broken Hill is famous for its
  • Its the longest structure in the world, a single fence over more than 5000 kilometres in length. Originally built in the 1890s to help control the enormous rabbit population which was devastating huge areas of inland and regional Australia, the Wild Dog Fence was converted to a dingo fence in 1914.

    Wild Dog Fence

    Its the longest structure in the world, a single fence over more than 5000 kilometres in length. Originally built in
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