The most loved trio in Australian horseracing during the Depression. Champion racehorse, Phar Lap, champion heavyweight jockey, Jim Pike, and the centre of Phar Lap's world....his adored strapper, Tommy Woodcock. Phar Lap would do nothing without Tommy there and Tommy tended to the every care of his beloved 'Bobby' from the day he arrived. When the horse hemorrhaged and died in his arms at Menlo Park in California, Tommy was inconsolable. The 5 April 2012 was 80 years since Phar Lap's death.
SYDNEY, NSW. 1942-06-10. The spent 17.7 INCH Torpedo, either type 96 or 97, Fired by the unidentified Japanese midget submarine (known as Midget A), which ran ashore at Garden island during the attack on SYDNEY HARBOUR on 31 MAY 1942. Note the blast wall of sandbags in the background, constructed prior to the torpedo being dragged further in. (NAVAL HISTORICAL COLLECTION). Date 10 June 1942.
Unloading camels, Port Augusta, 1890s. The curators estimate that between 1870 and 1900 more than 2000 cameleers and an amazing 15,000 camels came to Australia, largely from British India and Afghanistan. The cameleers were predominantly Pashtun, Baluchi, Punjabi and Sindhi. They spoke their own languages in Australia and religion was their common bond. Nearly all were young or middle-aged men.