When you think of Australia you probably don't think of camels. But we've got millions of the buggers. And I read in the paper today that they've taught themselves to turn on taps. There's a shire in the Northern Territory that want a grant to build boundaries around 14 communities because thirsty camels are turning on the taps.
The first camels came here in 1840. The first main group came in 1860 for the Bourke and Wills expedition. And if you know your history you'll know that was a bloody disaster. The expedition, not the camels.
So they were mainly used by explorers and as pack animals during construction of telegraph lines and dams and things and to take supplies to remote communities. Transport wool, that sort of thing.
We didn't keep importing them though, we bred our own. Tough ones, because the centre of Australia is a tough place. But then of course trucks and cars came along so most of the camels were just released. And now there are hundreds of thousands of them out there. Some say millions.
There are camel farms around. You can buy camel meat, camel oil, camel wool. I haven't tried any of them myself.
And its funny I was reading about them this morning because last night I found Papa's slides of the Kimberleys and there were some of camel trains.
Now I'm not sure if they're travelling with this man and his wife, but they were in the same box and it's a cool photo so I'll post it as well. All I can tell you is that he was a shearer here in the Kimberleys and this was how he travelled around.