Overlanding – Photo of the Day
Published by Kathy Hackett May 18, 2010 in Photo of the day.
This image from the late 1800s-early 1900s depicts a herd of curious cattle on cleared land, in the background a stockman can be seen perched on a horse. These cattle appear to be Shorthorns, a breed that some claim “built Australia”. A couple of the beasts were registered to have come over on the First Fleet, however unskilled convicts working in a strange environment insured that by 1789 there were fewer cows in the colony than we started with. It wasn’t until 1820 that the Colony in NSW was able to be self sufficient in beef, mostly due to further imports, and shear hard work and determination.
Post by Erika Dicker, Assistant Curator
Photography by Kerry & Co, Tyrrell Collection
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