Roger’s Dromedary Days
Readers, Sir Roger is excited to have stumbled across this photograph of extraordinary contrasts from the early days of last century. The aeroplane in these days was the world’s newest form of transport. The aircraft’s Shell (oil?) is being delivered by camel – one of the world’s oldest forms of transport. It was taken somewhere in Australia. We think the aircraft is a de Havilland DH84 Dragon built in the early-ish 1930s.
The photo is important to Sir Roger because it is from a lately rediscovered family album, but Sir Roger has no idea of its provenance, the place, the people, or the purpose of the intended flight. Sir Roger’s grandfather, from whose collection it is believed to have come, was a Church of England minister¹ in the backblocks of northern NSW at the time, but this doesn’t look like NSW, except for Broken Hill, perhaps. And by the way, look at the hat on the camel-cart driver! They don’t make them like that any more.
Can you help? What would they have been carrying? Can you shed any light on this amazing image of a lost, pioneering Australia, readers?
¹ Yes, with this sort of background Sir Roger is one big-time apostate!
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