150 Years between Camels
150 Years Between Camels
Michael Dillon, Film maker
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150 years ago the citizens of Mia Mia saw camels for the first time.
Now camels return again to celebrate along with the citizens of the Victorian town, the 150 anniversary of that special day. (Keep an eye out for the hungry camel)
-Yeah. -We're at Mia Mia today reenacting the arrival of Burke and Wills for their Camp VI.
-Here we come. Here we are.
-Great to meet you.
-Fabulous to meet you.
-And a welcome to Mia Mia.
-Thank you very much.
-And has your-- Mr. Burke. How are you?
-Very good. Thank you, your lordship.
-And Mr. Wills?
-Wills. That's right.
-That's right. How are you?
-And has the traveling been well-received as you've come through?
-It's been fantastic. We left Melbourne six days ago to a wonderful reception of people saying goodbye to us.
-It's something that doesn't happen very often in the history of Australia-- where people have the bravery and the courage to take forward an expedition, though it might be well-equipped, to travel from the South to North run across our continent. What a remarkable sense of courage and achievement these people must have.
-When we look back and think about it, they were either extremely brave or extremely mad to want to go from one end of the country to the other not knowing what ahead at all. And I went live with the well wishes of Victoria. Not just local people from certain areas, but all of Victoria got behind them. And it was a great achievement for Victoria and the expedition that went out from Victoria itself.
-And those did the wonderful stump work that mounts there.
-John, how brave are you?
-It actually doesn't take very much braveness. It's just--
-Oh, doesn't it?
---a bumpy ride.
-You look pretty brave to me.
-And a stinky ride.