Papers of Rowland P. Nicholas [PRG 1435] • Mixed material

Photograph album from shearing trips

Album compiled by Rowland Proctor (Ron) Nicholas using photographs taken and collected during two trips as a shed hand in a shearing team which travelled to Arrabury and Nappa Merri through Hawker, Weertaloona, Balcanoona, Wooltana, Mount Hopeless, Innamincka, Tourawachi and Accalana. The trip was known as the 'Long Lead' because of the great distance and the track.

Chrysler bogged near Innamincka

Chrysler bogged near Innamincka

A soft topped Chrysler car bogged near Innamincka, with two men attempting to pull it out. May 1931.

Convoy near Mount Hopeless

Convoy near Mount Hopeless

Four cars pictured on the road near Mount Hopeless, May 1931.

Sandy Creek, Innamincka Station

Sandy Creek, Innamincka Station

A group of men attempting to move a car bogged in the dry bed of Sandy Creek, Innamincka Station, May 1931.

Grass, Innamincka Station

Grass, Innamincka Station

Two cars pictured in long grass at Innamincka Station, May 1931.

Bogged at Crossing Creek

Bogged at Crossing Creek

A group of men attempting to pulled a bogged car out of Crossing Creek, at Murnepeowie near moutn Hopelss, May 1931.

Donkey team near Woltana

Donkey team near Woltana

A donkey team pulling a large wagon on the treeless country near Woltana ['Wertaloona' pencilled below caption] with a car parked adjacent.

Border gate between Queensland and South Australia

Border gate between Queensland and South Australia

A Dodge car about to go through the gate marking the division between Queensland and South Australia.

Creek between Wirrealpa and Willipa

Creek between Wirrealpa and Willipa

View of gum trees and water in the creek between Wirrealpa and Willipa.

The water hole, Nappa Merri

The water hole, Nappa Merri

View of an expanse of water in flat outback country, identified as the water hole at Nappa Merri.

'Blacks graves, Arrabury'

'Blacks graves, Arrabury'

Two small mounds covered in branches, identified as Aboriginal graves.

Arrabury Station

Arrabury Station

View of Arrabury Station, showing a number of buildings in the distance.

Horse race at Arrabury

Horse race at Arrabury

A group of men seated on a slight rise overlooking a flat area, where two horses are racing.

Breaking in a brumby camel at Arrabury

Breaking in a brumby camel at Arrabury

A camel, with a pack on its back, surrounded by a number of men; the caption identifies it as a brumby camel being broken in at Arrabury Station.

Nappa Merrie woolshed and scour

Nappa Merrie woolshed and scour

Two corrugated iron sheds at Nappa Merrie, identified as the woolshed and scour, with post a rail fencing in front.

Arrabury woolshed

Arrabury woolshed

Arrabury Station's woolshed, a galvanised iron structure with a domed roof, with bundles (bales of wool?) and a wooden structure beyond it.

Wirrealpa shed

Wirrealpa shed

Wirrealpa Station's woolshed, with wool bales lined up in front.

Young roo

Young roo

A young kangaroo pictured at one of the outback stations.

Flinders Ranges near Wirrealpa

Flinders Ranges near Wirrealpa

Two men pictured in the Flinders Ranges near Wirrealpa Station.

Huts, Wirrealpa

Huts, Wirrealpa

The shearers' quarters at Wirrealpa Station consisting of a number of huts; there is washing drying on a prop clothesline.

Arrabury racing camel

Arrabury racing camel

A camel with a man on its back; it is identified as an Arrabury racing camel.

Team Wirrealpa

Team Wirrealpa

A group of men photographed in front of a corrugated iron hut (probably part of the shearers' quarters - see B 70300/19). Identified as 'team Wirrealpa' it is presumably the shearing team working on the station in 1931.

Mashado Chrysler

Mashado Chrysler

A car parked in the street outside a brick suburban home, with four men posing beside it.

Burke's face, Fort Wills

Burke's face, Fort Wills

Photograph of a man's face carved into a tree, with the initials ROH underneath it. A note near the photograph indicates that it was 'bought at Innamincka 1931'.

Mail coaches, Cobbler Desert

Mail coaches, Cobbler Desert

An old wooden coach hitched to a team of six camels is standing beside an early model car in the Cobbler Desert. A note near the photograph indicates that it was 'bought at Innamincka 1931'.

Loading Arrabury wool

Loading Arrabury wool

An Afghan man loading a bale on wool onto a came, balancing the one already tied on. A note near the photograph indicates that it was 'bought at Innamincka 1931'.

Bottle heap, Innamincka

Bottle heap, Innamincka

View of the bottle heap at Innamincka Station, stretching a considerable distance with buildings in the distance.

Burke Tree, Fort Wills

Burke Tree, Fort Wills

Two men standing in front of the Burke Tree, Fort Wills, on Coopers Creek (R.P. Nicholas on the left). Part of the stockade is on the right.

Burke Tree, Fort Wills

Burke Tree, Fort Wills

Jim Cowan (left) and R.P. Nicholas standing beside the Burke Tree, Fort Wills, on Coopers Creek.

Nappa Merri homestead

Nappa Merri homestead

View across the landscape showing the Nappa Merri homestead and other buildings, taken by Jim Cowan.