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Hilling potatoes, Laidley

Date: 1900-1920
Overall: 152 x 201 mm
Medium: Silver gelatin print
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Robert D McKilliam
Object Name: Photograph
Object No: ANMS0227[030]

User Terms

    A black and white photograph of a farmer walking through potato crops. The title of the image is 'Hilling potatoes. Laidley c97'.

    SignificanceThis image is a part of the Captain Robert McKilliam collection. Captain McKilliam worked for the Aberdeen White Star Line for 32 years and sailed aboard such famous clipper ships as SALAMIS and THERMOPYLAE. He moved to Sydney in 1913 where he served as Assistant Wharf Master on Darling Island.
    HistoryLaidley has long regarded itself as 'Queensland's Country Garden' with vegetable production features prominently and the majority of beetroot grown in Australia coming from the Laidley district.
    Hilling, or piling soil up around the base of a plant, is an important part of the potato growing process and necessary to prevent the potato from being exposed to sunlight as it grows and becoming inedible.

    Additional Titles

    Assigned title: Rural photograph scene at centre with man wearing white shirt, long light coloured trousers ploughing potato field at Laidley, Queensland

    Collection title: Hilling potatoes, Laidley

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