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Harvesting wheat, Darling Downs

Date: 1900-1920
Overall: 150 x 20 mm
Medium: Silver gelatin print
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Robert D McKilliam
Object Name: Photograph
Object No: ANMS0227[057]
Related Place:Darling Downs,

User Terms

    A black and white photograph depicting a horse drawn harvester in the field. It is possibly a display event as there is a small crowd of people in the background and children watching from behind.
    The handwritten title of the image is 'Harvesting Wheat on the Downs" and likely refers to the Darling Downs region of Queensland which was a successful agricultural region since 1840.
    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.
    HistoryThe area known as the Darling Downs was originally inhabited by the Goonneeburra people and was first explored by Europeans in 1827. Following the report of the promising grazing lands to be found there, the area was soon settled by colonists in 1840 who began by sheep farming - a successful enterprise that boomed in the years that followed.
    In addition to livestock, the Darling Downs area was found suitable for a diverse range of crops and in addition to mining, to this day produces 1/4 of Queensland’s agricultural output.

    Additional Titles

    Collection title: Harvesting wheat, Darling Downs

    Assigned title: View of wheatfield at centre is man harvester with two horses pulling the machine foreground land already harvested at Darling downs, Queensland

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